The killer whale is also known as
the orca. The name orca comes from one of the Latin
words that means "whale". The scientific name for the
Killer Whale, Orcinus orca, is derived from this Latin
word. Killer whales are, in fact, the largest and
fastest members of the dolphin family. They have a
dorsal fin which is taller than that of any other
species of whale.
Orcas are impressive top predators
of the ocean with a highly developed social structure.
They have a cosmopolitan range, which means that they
are found in almost all of the world’s oceans. People
can often see pods of wild orcas close to the shore and
orcas are also viewed performing complex behaviors in
ocenaria around the world. Killer whales have earned a
somewhat special position in the eyes of man because of
their impressive size, striking coloration, and apparent
intelligence. Today, many people are working hard to
raise public awareness of the threats that killer whales
face in the wild in hopes of conserving the killer
whales for generations to come.
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