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Posted October 15, 2021 at 5:47 am by

Joint media response con­cern­ing “the dis­cov­ery of a new kind of killer whale” off west­ern North America

On Octo­ber 4th, Hakai Mag­a­zine pub­lished an arti­cle with a head­line report­ing the dis­cov­ery of “a new kind of killer whale”. Oth­er media out­lets sub­se­quent­ly report­ed sim­i­lar head­lines in Cana­da, theUSA and inter­na­tion­al­ly, and although some con­tent has since been cor­rect­ed in these arti­cles, oth­ers con­tin­ue to report false information.

The fact is that no new type of killer whale has been dis­cov­ered and that many of the whales in ques­tion are part of the known Bigg’s (tran­sient) killer whale pop­u­la­tion that prey on marine mam­mals. Their dis­tri­b­u­tion pat­terns, social behav­iours and pop­u­la­tion struc­ture have been stud­ied for over 30 years by sev­er­al gov­ern­ment and non-gov­ern­ment research orga­ni­za­tions in Cal­i­for­nia, Wash­ing­ton, British Colum­bia, and Alaska.

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