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Orcinus Orca
Common Name Killer Whale, Orca Whale
Range Global Oceans
Scientific Classification
Kingdom Animalia
Phylum Chordata
Class Mammalia
Order Cetacea
Family Delphinidae (Dolphins)
Genus Orcinus (Orcas)

Fitzinger, 1860

Species • O. Orca
Conservation Status
(IUCN 3.1)
Data Deficient

Orcas live in tight-knit family groups, or pods, of two to 30 individuals. With squeals and moans, pod members keep in touch. They'll protect one another from danger and come to the aid of an ailing or injured companion. The pod moves from place to place as food sources change with the seasons.

Orcas have been killed in whaling operations worldwide, but there is no fishery directed specifically at this species. Although human impact on the ocean is growing, so is the knowledge that we depend on healthy seas. Working together, people can discover solutions to pollution, overfishing, and other threats to the oceans.

Hunting together like a pack of wolves, a pod of orcas can surround a school of salmon or even overwhelm a larger whale.

Marine Marine HabitatsAquariumsGlobal OceansOcean Weather
Vertebrate FishesMammalsReptilesAmphibiansCartilaginous FishesSharks
Invertebrate ArthropodMolluscaEchinodermsCnidaria
Conservation Status Critically EndangeredEndangeredNear ThreatenedVulnerableLeast ConcernData DeficientNot Evaluated

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