Female killer whales become pod leaders after menopause, conclude researchers

March 6, 2015 1:41 PM

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After observing 102 killer whales in the wild, British researchers have come to the conclusion that females become key leaders in their pod after they get past the menopausal age. In a study published in Current Biology on Thursday, they observed that these older females know how to find the best places where the entire lot can find salmon, their most loved food. This knowledge particularly comes handy when food gets scarce.

Lauren Brent, the lead author of the study who is an associate research fellow in animal behavior at the University of Exeter observed that whales and human women are among the few rare species found on this planet which are known to outrun their productive years.

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