Remember that heartwarming story about the porpoise and the killer whale?

Yeah, about that.

One might think of local southern resident orcas as sea pandas, playfully spy-hopping through their day. The local porpoises will tell you different.

In a study published Thursday in Marine Mammal Science, researchers analyzed 78 documented interactions between southern residents and porpoises in the Salish Sea, mainly around the San Juan Islands, beginning in 1962.

Their paper is an amazing catalog of observations.

LINK (via The Chronicle)

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