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Menopausal Whales Lead The Group, Study Says

“What does an ocean-going titaness do after she has the lost the ability to bear young?Well, for starters, she goes on living–sometimes past the ripe old age of 90, while male killer whales over 50 are dying off in droves.

But the menopausal female killer whale does more than survive, says a new study: She ‘leans in,’ becoming an influential leader of younger killer whales, honing the survival skills of her progeny, unencumbered by direct childcare duties of her own.”

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