I recently had a request to share some the resources that I have used throughout the years for killer whale research and thought I would share them publicly too for anybody who wants to get more in-depth knowledge of killer whale biology, ecology, culture, and evolutionary history. The best information comes from from primary sources––these will almost always be published peer-reviewed research articles. Unfortunately, they can be difficult to access outside academia thanks to paywalls and complex language/topics can make it difficult for people without background in the paper’s topic to fully understand. Worry not though! As a university student, I have access to most research papers and am more than happy to email them to you if needed. If you are having difficulty understanding what the paper is talking about, check out these resources on how to read scientific papers:
If you are still having difficulty grasping the main concepts, shoot me a message and I’d be more than happy to explain them to you! Another note: it is important to understand that scientific research is always changing and that older papers, though they often contain the founding principles of a research topic, can sometimes have inaccuracies due to their age. Always be aware of this while reading older research.
*Note: This is NOT a comprehensive list of all killer whale research papers. This is a list of key papers/studies I believe are good starting points for people who are interested in getting more in-depth knowledge of killer whales.*
- Social Organization and Genealogy of Resident Killer Whales
(Orcinus orca) in the Coastal Waters of British Columbia and
Washington State (1990)
- Life history and population dynamics of resident killer whales Orcinus orca in the coastal waters of British Columbia and Washington (1990)
- Population structure and mating patterns of Killer Whales (Orcinus orca) as revealed by DNA analysis (2000)
- Killer whales: The natural history and genealogy of Orcinus orca in the waters of British Columbia and Washington (2000) (Note: this is a book)
- Adaptive Prolonged Postreproductive Life Span in Killer Whales (2012)
- Life history and population dynamics of southern Alaska resident killer whales (Orcinus orca) (2013)
- Reproductive Conflict and the Evolution of Menopause in Killer Whales (2017)
Note: most of these papers are heavy in genetic concepts and methods––they are difficult to understand and I recommend focusing on the introduction/abstract and discussion/conclusions for clarity.
- Complete mitochondrial genome phylogeographic analysis of killer whales (Orcinus orca) indicates multiple species (2010)
- Phylogenomics of the killer whale indicates ecotype divergence in sympatry (2015)
- Genome-wide SNP data suggest complex ancestry of sympatric North Pacific killer whale ecotypes (2016)
- Dietary specialization in two sympatric populations of killer whales Orcinus orca in coastal British Columbia and adjacent waters. (1998)
- Foraging strategies of sympatric killer whale, Orcinus orca, populations in Prince William Sound, Alaska (2000)
- Shark predation and tooth wear in a population of
northeastern Pacific killer whales (2011)
- You Are What You Eat: Foraging Specializations and Their Influence on the Social Organization and Behavior of Killer Whales (2014)
Culture & Behavior
- The mixed blessing of echolocation: differences in sonar use by fish-eating and
mammal-eating killer whales (1996)
- The vocal behaviour of mammal-eating killer whales: communicating with costly calls (2005)
- Cultural traditions and the evolution of reproductive isolation: Ecological speciation in killer whales? (2012)
- Kin-directed food sharing promotes lifetime natal philopatry of both sexes in a population of fish-eating killer whales, Orcinus orca (2016)
- Gene–culture coevolution in whales and dolphins (2017)
- Infanticide in a mammal-eating killer whale population (2018)
Misc. Articles (Not Primary Literature)
Primary sources are always best but there are also good articles and sources outside of peer-reviewed literature that contain good information as well!
My newest piece for the Orca-Zine – a charity book which is going to be available at Superpod 6 – www.orcasuperpod.com – All profits from the sale of this book will be split equally and donated to the Center for Whale Research and Orca Network.
Since SRKWs run out of salmon quite fast, I thought of making an artwork that would speak about it. For the industries salmon is one of the ways to make money, but for the whales it’s a source of energy and life. For the orcas salmons are invaluable. To choose the whale for the main role of this drawing I hosted a public poll and people’ve choosen Blackberry J27.
Animated Process of this Artwork — http://fav.me/dbx0lkn
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