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Lolita was captured in the Pacific coast near Seattle nearly 50 years ago at the age of 4. Jeff Greenberg/Universal Images Group via Getty hide caption

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A picture taken on May 31, 2023, shows the rudder of a vessel damaged by killer whales (Orcinus orca) while sailing in the Strait of Gibraltar and taken for repairs at the Pecci Shipyards in Barbate, near Cadiz, southern Spain. Jorge Guerrero/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

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A new study finds that orca mothers still feed their adult sons. It's a bond that may come with costs, researchers say. David K. Ellifrit/Center for Whale Research / NMFS research permit #21238 hide caption

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Killer whale moms are still supporting their adult sons — and it's costing them

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A killer whale, measuring more than 20 feet, died after beaching itself in Palm Coast, Fla., on Wednesday, authorities said. Flagler County Sheriff's Office via AP hide caption

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An orca pod seen in the Strait of Gibraltar in 2021. Renaud de Stephanis/CIRCE Conservación Information and Research hide caption

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Trainer Marcia Hinton pets Lolita, a captive orca whale, during a performance at the Miami Seaquarium in Miami in 1995. The park's new owners will no longer stage shows with its aging orca under an agreement with federal regulators. Nuri Vallbona/Miami Herald via AP, File hide caption

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In this Jan. 18, 2014, file photo, a female orca leaps from the water while breaching in Puget Sound west of Seattle, Wash. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption

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While killer whales are known to attack blue whales, John Totterdell and his colleagues are the first to ever document a successful takedown. And they've done it more than once, publishing their findings in the journal Marine Mammal Science. National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration/via AP hide caption

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Orcas take down a blue whale, proving they're the apex predators of the ocean

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An endangered female orca leaps from the water while breaching in the Salish Sea west of Seattle in 2014. Elaine Thompson/AP hide caption

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Washington Wheat Farmers Could Be Toast If Dams Are Removed To Help Hungry Orcas

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The mother orca, known as J-35, pushes her dead calf to the surface last week off the coast of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. The infant orca died shortly after its birth, but its mother has been observed carrying it with her in the days afterward. Michael Weiss/Center for Whale Research via AP hide caption

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A female orca that appears to be grieving has been carrying her dead calf in the water, keeping it afloat since the baby died more than a week ago. Taylor Shedd/Soundwatch, taken under NMFS MMPA permit #21114 hide caption

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A female orca named Wikie swims with a calf in 2011 at Marineland in Antibes, France. Wikie was the central animal in a study, published Wednesday, about orcas' ability to imitate human speech. Valery Hache/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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