Monday, 14 December 2009

Wildlife: Orca

The Orca Orcinus orca (aka Killer Whale) is actually the largest dolphin and not a whale at all.
It is one of those animals that everyone has heard of and that few would not want to see in the wild (many have seen them in captivity). Orcas have a striking black and white pattern and a prominent dorsal fin. They are superb and expert predators, eating large fish, seals, penguins and even other cetaceans. They travel and hunt in family groups called pods and are widespread throughout the colder ocean waters.

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