Soul Connections in the Sea

Once we feared them as demons. We called them Delphinus orca – literally the ‘demon’ dolphin. Vilified by Time magazine as a ‘savage sea cannibal’, the orca, more commonly known as the killer whale, is forcing us to re-think our less than flattering definition. Cetacean researcher, psychic and astrologer Helen Kaye Watts explains why this amazing mammal should be recognized for its similarities to humankind rather than an oceanic force of streamlined destruction. In the sea it is the orca, Orcinus orca, who is our counterpart, and not as many suppose its playful and permanently grinning cousin, the dolphin. The orca is not actually a whale at all but the largest member of the dolphin family. And while the orca shares many characteristics with its more popular cousin,orcas may in fact be closer in terms of intellect, communication abilities and emotions such as altruism and compassion to humans than our closest genetic relatives, the apes. Orcas live in stable family units or pods which are always matrilineal in nature. Males stay with the matrilineal pod for life, only leaving it to find a mate and returning afterwards. And while each pod is led by an elder female, males have an important role to play, caring for the elderly, very young and weaker members of the group. ‘There is a pattern that connects orca behaviour to that of humans,’ Dr Randall Eaton, animal behaviourist and author of The Orca Project explains. ‘Orcas live in a stable society, have the longest period of dependent learning of any species on the planet and have an evolving language broken into local dialects, a trait that is shared with just a few other species, including man.’

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