this is the reason why i am getting an tattoo. Orca whales are a female-centric society - matrilineal. This means the whole clan (family - or group - also known as a "pod") acquiesces to the leadership of the head female of the group. In fact, when a mother Orca passes away, the males will take the lead of the sister, grandmother, or the next female in the lineage. It implies a parallel to the divine feminine, or yin energy.