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killer whale, killer, orca, grampus, sea wolf, Orcinus orca(noun)
predatory black-and-white toothed whale with large dorsal fin; common in cold seas
The killer whale (Orcinus orca).
A sea mammal (scientific name: Orcinus orca) related to dolphins and porpoises, commonly called the killer whale.
Origin: From orca.
The killer whale, also referred to as the orca whale or orca, and less commonly as the blackfish or grampus, is a toothed whale belonging to the oceanic dolphin family, of which it is the largest member. Killer whales are found in all oceans, from the frigid Arctic and Antarctic regions to tropical seas. Killer whales as a species have a diverse diet, although individual populations often specialize in particular types of prey. Some feed exclusively on fish, while others hunt marine mammals like pinnipeds, and even large whales. They have been known to drown baleen whale calves to eat their fins. Killer whales are regarded as apex predators, lacking natural predators. Killer whales are highly social; some populations are composed of matrilineal family groups which are the most stable of any animal species. Their sophisticated hunting techniques and vocal behaviors, which are often specific to a particular group and passed across generations, have been described as manifestations of culture. The IUCN currently assesses the orca's conservation status as data deficient because of the likelihood that two or more killer whale types are separate species.
arco, Caro, Cora, ocra
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An end to SeaWorld's tawdry and circus-style performance is inevitable, but it's actually captivity that denies these far-ranging orca the opportunity to engage in behaviors that are natural and important to them.
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- حوت قاتلArabic
- orcaCatalan, Valencian
- Killerwal, Schwertwal, MörderwalGerman
- steyrhvalur, æðuhvalur, mastrarhvalur, bóghvítuhvalur, rovhvalur, mastrarfiskurFaroese
- orque, épaulardFrench
- cana, mada-chuainScottish Gaelic
- kardszárnyú delfinHungarian
- 鯱, さかまたJapanese
- zwaardwalvis, orkaDutch
- кит-уби́йца, косатка, касаткаRussian
- katil balinaTurkish
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