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ALL ABOUT WHALES!
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Whale Glossary
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Pod

A pod is a social group of whales. The bond between mother and calf is the strongest. Members of a pod may protect one another.

The toothed whales travel in large, sometimes stable pods; they frequently hunt their prey in groups, migrate together, and share care of their young. Baleen whales usually travel alone or in small pods.

TOOTHED WHALES POD SIZE COMMENTS
Beluga whale 2-25 A pod will hunt and migrate as a group.
Bottlenose dolphin 12 Often, many pods group together to form congregations of hundreds of dolphins.
Irrawaddy dolphin 6-15
Narwhal 4-20 Many pods may travel and feed together. They may group with belugas.
Orca or Killer whale 6-40 The members of a pod hunt together in a very sophisticated manner, attacking even very large prey and then sharing it.
Sperm whale 10-20 Pods are usually females with their young.

BALEEN WHALES POD SIZE COMMENTS
Blue whale 1-2 These are solitary animals.
Bowhead whale 3-50 Not extremely social, they congregate in small pods of about 3 whales in the spring and pods of about 50 whales in the fall.
Bryde's whale 1-2 Loose groups of 10-23 may form during feeding.
Fin whale 6-10 More gregarious than other baleen whales.
Gray whale 1-3 Up to 16 may travel together.
Humpback whale 10+ Large, loose, temporary groups. Bubble-net feeding is a group hunting activity.
Minke whale 2-3 Larger groups may form on feeding grounds.
Right whale Long-term bonds only between mother and calf.
Sei whales 3-5 Pods segregated by sex, age, and reproductive status.





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