by Robin Morton from “In the Company of Whales” by Alexandra Morton
Every morning, Orky II and Corky II had a ritual of performing a behavior in synchrony. The two of them would spend days perfecting this spontaneous behavior. Once they had managed to get it down to perfect synchrony, they moved on to a new behavior. It was Alexandra Morton’s observation of this ritual that scientists began realizing the importance of synchrony to Orcinus orca.