Are they sisters? Mother and daughter? Aunt and niece? It’s hard to know. Both are adult females and AP4 has a calf of her own (who is hiding behind her mother in this photo). I have suspicions that AP8 may be the matriarch of AP pod; she does not have any young calves but does usually travel with adult males—AP11 is particularly close to her and is probably her son. Her movements also appear to dictate the movements of the other whales. If she makes a sudden turn, the others usually follow.
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Though he will not sire any calves within his own pod, his sheer size and old age means he (barring any reproductive problems) has likely sired many calves in other pods. For reasons we still don’t totally understand, female killer whales prefer to mate with with old, large bulls. There is likely some aspect of mate choice but recent evidence of infanticide in other killer whale populations suggests that females may not have much say in some instances.
Due to the fact they spend nearly their entire lives underwater, we know virtually nothing about the reproductive behaviors and courtship of killer whales!