Orcas, also known as Killer Whales are actually Dolphins. They are the largest member of the Dolphin family. The Killer Whale can weigh up to 6 tons and grow to 23 to 32 feet, which is almost as long as a school bus.
Orcas are efficient killers and are among the world’s most feared predators. Because of their fierce reputation, the Spanish called them, Ballena asesina aka assassin whale.
Sailors who saw their attacks on larger and bigger Whales, referred to them as ‘whale killers,’ and over time the name changed to ‘killer whales.’
Killer Whales are usually termed the Wolves of the Sea cos they hunt Whales as a pack. Humans are not on their menu list (at least not officially). They feast on marine mammals such as Seals, Sea Lions, smaller Dolphins and Whales. They also eat fish, squid and sea birds. They are the Apex Predator of the Sea and have been seen to confront and kill the Great White Shark time and time again.
To hunt they use their massive size , strength and speed (about 34 mph or 56 kph), as well as, their massive teeth, which can grow up to 4 inches long.
Orcas hunt in deadly pods i.e. family groups of up to 40 individuals. Different groups prey on different animals, using different techniques to catch them. All pods use effective, cooperative hunting techniques that is liken to the behaviour of Wolf packs.
What does business/ success culture have to do with Killer Whales?
The business of Killer Whales is to make sales and earn profit aka catch, kill and eat prey, else death is sure.
Culture is the ideas, customs and social behaviour of a particular people or society. Culture is not inborn, it is learnt. The Orcas became efficient killers and feared predators based on their culture.
Thus, to sustain their business, the Killer Whales hands over (aka teaches) it’s business/ success culture from generation to generation. Part of the business/ success culture (aka hunting techniques) of Killer Whales include:
1. Herding fish to a particular spot before stunning them with tail strikes.
2. Using coordinated movements to create waves that can knock prey (e.g. a Seal) off floating ice into the water.
3. The dangerous trick of beaching themselves to catch Sea Lions on land before wriggling back into the water.
Beaching is floating/ swimming on to the sea shore or grounded deliberately in shallow water.
4. Hunting Dolphins: some members of a group of Killer Whales will pursue and try to herd some Dolphins to a particular spot where another member of the Killer Whale is hiding. Once the Dolphins reaches the spot, the hidden assassin will suddenly head butt one of the Dolphins, throwing it into the air, stunning and injuring or killing it.
5. Hunting Whales: usually a group of Killer Whales might not be able to take down an adult blue or gray whale. Thus, the Killer Whales will chase the adult Whale mothers to separate them from their calves, ultimately tiring out the young whale until it becomes weak, and end up an easy prey.
6. Hunting Sharks even including the Great White Shark that can grow up to 23 feet. When hunting Sharks, the Killer Whales always end up flipping the Shark upside down, regardless of how the attack starts. When flipped upside down, the Shark goes into a paralyzed state known as ‘tonic immobility’ and can’t fight back, becoming an easy meal. The Killer Whales have over time learnt that a shark on it’s back can’t hurt them.
One of my favorite business book, REWORK by Jason Fried and David H. Hansson, states that, “you don’t create a culture. Culture is the by-product of consistent behavior. Culture is action, not words. You can’t install a culture. Like a fine Scotch, you have got to give it time to develop.”
In closing, building business and success culture requires consistent actions and not mere rhetorics. So don’t tell your staff/ colleagues/ partners or even children, what to do, show them. Become a Killer Whale today, and go kill something aka laziness, procrastination, slothfulness, sloppiness etc.
It is said, “in learning you will teach and in teaching you will learn.” So be a doer and not just a “sayer” ( or Slayer). Build a culture of success, by leading and teaching with actions.
So I will see you at the top or I will see you from the top, the choice is yours.
Olumide Holloway aka King Olulu, not from Zulu
Building capacity in people using words and poetry
https:// www.discoverwildlife.com/animal-facts/marine-animals/facts-about-orcas/https:// marinebio.org/species/orcas-killer-whales/orcinus-orca/