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What researchers are finding is that there may be no tighter or longer lasting relationships among large animals than those that bind killer whale families. Researchers call these basic social units matrilines because they are led by the oldest female, or matriarch … Pods with common ancestors and dialects are considered a clan, and clans that regularly associate and share the same range form a distinct population, known as a community. Within communities, aggression is virtually unknown, and different communities largely ignore each other on occasions when their travels overlap. That such powerful, predatory mammals have found ways to live together in seeming harmony never ceases to surprise us scrappy primates keeping watch.
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    What researchers are finding is that there may be no tighter or longer lasting relationships among large animals than those that bind killer whale families. Researchers call these basic social units matrilines because they are led by the oldest female, or matriarch … Pods with common ancestors and dialects are considered a clan, and clans that regularly associate and share the same range form a distinct population, known as a community. Within communities, aggression is virtually unknown, and different communities largely ignore each other on occasions when their travels overlap. That such powerful, predatory mammals have found ways to live together in seeming harmony never ceases to surprise us scrappy primates keeping watch.

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