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Killer Whale (Orca)

Killer Whale Illustration by Bruce Pearson
Orcinus orca
Class: 
Mammalia
Order: 
Cetacea
Family: 
Delphinidae
IUCN Red List status: 
Data Deficient

Description

Protected by the following WLT projects:

The Killer Whale, or Orca, is an impressive predator at 9.5 metres long, and weighing in at 8 tonnes. Killer whales feed on a wide variety of prey, and occur all over the world.

Behaviour

Orcas are intelligent and are able to adapt and communicate information to each other. One dramatic example of this are the whales that beach themselves in order to catch seals (see link to video in the learn more section).

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