One of the longer living social mammals are orcas. These are a 5-8 meter cetacean, or toothed whale. They are an apex predator, meaning they have no natural enemies and prey on a variety of animals such as fish, birds, seals and even other whale species.

More interestingly, scientists have recently discovered a reason for these whales longevity. Like women, female killer whales go through menopause. Until recently, the reason for such a long post-reproductive lifespan was unknown. Now it seems that scientists believe that older females becomes increasingly interested in helping to rear their ‘grandchildren’. So while the females can no longer reproduce, they still provide a useful role in the social group.

This is something we can all learn from, namely that everyone has something more to offer. While you may find yourself in a position where you are no longer able to perform a certain task as well as you once could, are there other areas you can branch off into?

What more do you have to offer besides the obvious?

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