Killer whale superpods are relatively rare (i.e. only happen a few times a year) but they are astounding to witness. They are essentially a community gathering, a celebration of sorts. There is a huge amount of social activity that goes in a superpod, including mating.
In July, we got to see a superpod in Kachemak Bay comprised of AP pod, AS30 pod, and a pod that still has yet to be cataloged. One of the coolest things I saw was that the calves of the pods split off from their families and joined up to make their own “mini pods.” They rolled around and played with one another while their parents socialized with adult whales from other pods.
In this photo, we can see a calf from AS30 pod (left) surfacing next to AP3’s calf, which still has yet to be given an alphanumeric name.