Excerpt from the January 18, 1969 issue of Science News
The 1968 orca captures in Garden Bay opened doors to studying the animals’ behavior. Research shows that Orcinus orca family groups share distinct dialects (SN: 1/12/80, p. 21). In 2018, scientists reported recording 14-year-old Wikie imitating the words hello and one, two, three, highlighting the likely role that imitation plays in how killer whales learn dialects (SN: 3/3/18, p. 5). As for the Garden Bay orcas, they were far from the last killer whales captured. From 1961 to 2018, at least 166 orcas were caught in the wild. Another 34 bred in captivity are used for research or exhibition, according to the nonprofit group Whale and Dolphin Conservation, based in Chippenham, England.
S. Milius. A killer whale gives a raspberry and says ‘hello.’ Science News. Vol. 193, March 3, 2018, p. 5.
Whale Talk: Song and dialect. Science News. Vol. 117, January 12, 1980, p. 21.