Bull Orca Vocalizing During A Freediving Experience [VIDEO]

Incredible footage of a bull orca vocalizing during a freediving experience captured by @jdvos_com

As highly sociable animals, orcas need to communicate with one another to maintain social bonds, and to coordinate feeding behaviors. An orcas’ primary sense consists of three different types of vocalizations. The first being echolocation. Echolocation clicks are very high frequency sounds that orcas will use to find their prey and to navigate.

The echoes received from the produced sounds enable the orca to form an image of its surroundings. Whistles on the other hand, are pure tone signals that are normally associated with social activities and are used for communication over short distances. Pulsed calls are the opposite of whistles, which are used for communication over a long distance.

Different types of sounds made by orcas can greatly vary between populations. Each pod has their own unique repertoire of sounds. The communication and sounds used in hunting also vary greatly depending on the main food source of the orca. Orca pods that prey on other marine mammals remain silent during hunting because their prey is able to hear and detect orca vocalizations. However, orca pods that specialize in hunting fish are highly vocal, as the physiology of their prey’s ears are unable to detect the frequencies of their sounds.

 

Turn up volume!! Incredible footage of a bull orca vocalizing during a freediving experience captured by @jdvos_com As highly sociable animals, orcas need to communicate with one another to maintain social bonds, and to coordinate feeding behaviors. An orcas' primary sense consists of three different types of vocalizations. The first being echolocation. Echolocation clicks are very high frequency sounds that orcas will use to find their prey and to navigate. The echoes received from the produced sounds enable the orca to form an image of its surroundings. Whistles on the other hand, are pure tone signals that are normally associated with social activities and are used for communication over short distances. Pulsed calls are the opposite of whistles, which are used for communication over a long distance. Different types of sounds made by orcas can greatly vary between populations. Each pod has their own unique repertoire of sounds. The communication and sounds used in hunting also vary greatly depending on the main food source of the orca. Orca pods that prey on other marine mammals remain silent during hunting because their prey is able to hear and detect orca vocalizations. However, orca pods that specialize in hunting fish are highly vocal, as the physiology of their prey's ears are unable to detect the frequencies of their sounds.

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