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Is An Orca Whale The Same As A Killer Whale? [RESOLVED!]

Dolphins and whales are closely related 👍 Orcas were given the name ‘killer whale’ by ancient sailors’ observations of groups of orcas hunting and preying on larger whale species 😉 They called orcas asesina ballenas, or ‘whale killer’ – a term that was eventually flipped around to the easier ‘killer whale’ 😎 Their Latin name, Orcinus orca, also reflects this observation of orcas feeding on large whales. Orcinus translates to ‘of the kingdom of the dead,’ and orca refers to a kind of whale. We know that orcas are top predators, yes, but not the vicious ‘whale killers’ that the ancient mariners thought them to be. What would your alternative name for orcas be? [1]
They used to be monotypic, meaning they only belonged to one species. However, two subspecies have been identified and another new species has been created. The Bryde’s whale (Balaenoptera edeni brydei) is the larger form, found primarily in pelagic waters. Bryde’s/Eden’s whale (Balaenoptera edeni edeni) is a smaller form found in the Indian and western Pacific oceans, primarily in coastal waters. Only recently, the “pygmy” form of Bryde’s whale has been identified and it is known now as Omura’s Whale (Balaenoptera Omurai). And a new species, known as Rice’s whale, was recently described in the Gulf of Mexico. Scientists believe that there are fewer than 100 Rice’s whales in the Gulf of Mexico. This page was last modified 61 days back by Tadeusz Mostland, Yongzhou (China) [2]
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This is because whales have been exposed to chemicals banned over a decade ago. NOAA Fisheries established vessel regulations in 2011, and coordinated with Washington State Canada’s vessel regulations and guidelines. Some mystery still remains. Are there any health problems, such as diseases, we are not yet aware of? Do increases in salmon availability benefit Southern Resident whales or are they a threat to other salmon predators like the wolf and eagle? As we consider the future of climate change and new ocean energy sources, as well as continuing development on our coastlines and ports, it is important to take into account new threats and new actions. In the coming 5-10 years, there will be several top-priority projects. projects are planned to help answer these remaining questions and inform management Actions to promote recovery Sherwood Prieto edited this article on December 31, 2020. [3]
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Echolocation is a key feature of marine mammals, such as dolphins and orcas. They are the only species that makes extensive use echolocation for navigation, hunting prey, and finding their way around the ocean. According to marine biologists, they emit loud sounds that stun prey in order to make it easier for them to capture. Low frequency sound waves are made by dolphins and orcas while they swim. They reflect back on the water surface and help them identify large creatures or obstacles. A series of clicks through the melons gives a better three-dimensional view when they are exploring more in detail, or hunting prey. Devoris Colvin updated this article on May 17, 2020. [4]
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Orcas are found in a variety of waters. They can be found from the surf zone to the open ocean, as well as from the polar to tropical waters. However, they have a wide range of habitats. There are 2 types of orca: transients, and residents. Residents are usually small, roaming groups that consist of 1-7 people and mainly rely on mammals. Transients tend to form smaller pods with 1-3 individuals. Larger pods consisting of between 5 and 25 animals tend to be more common in residents. They also have smaller home areas, which are primarily fish-feeding. The existence of different types of killer whales has been recognized. Each ecotype is unique in its morphology and biology. They also have different hunting strategies. Modified by Javis Lach on June 17, 2020 [5]

Article references

  1. https://uk.whales.org/whales-dolphins/facts-about-orcas/
  2. https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/feature-story/11-cool-facts-about-whales-dolphins-and-porpoises
  3. https://www.fisheries.noaa.gov/species/killer-whale
  4. https://animals.mom.com/reasons-orca-dolphin-7310.html
  5. https://www.orcaweb.org.uk/species-sightings/dolphins/orca-killer-whale
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