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the scientific world, the Orca is known taxonomically as the Orcinus orca. Although the name Killer
Whale suggests the opposite, they are not whales. Orcas are a part of the
Delphinidae Family; they are a species of dolphin. These mammals are carnivores,
known for hunting in groups of approximately forty called pods which are often
noted as similar to wolf hunting packs. They eat seals, seabirds, fish, and
even whales. They have more than forty teeth, each about ten centimeters long
in order to eat prey. These animals are the largest in the dolphin family and can
grow anywhere from twenty-three to thirty-two feet long as well as weight up to
six tons. They can be found in various locations throughout the Earth from the
arctic to equator, despite most media representation depicting them in the wild
to live in only arctic waters.

            Orcas are also considered quite
intelligent, which is one reason why they are often trained in captivity to
perform tricks. They have the largest brains out of all dolphins, weighing
between five and six kilograms. The Orca also has the ability to communicate
with other members of its species through echolocation, similar to Beluga
Whales who use this skill to find food and other members of its species. These
pods also seem to contain members of an extended family, and they have a
matriarchal system, as the female Orcas are known to protect their offspring as
well as other members of their pod. Female Orcas have offspring every three to
five years and go through seventeen-month pregnancies (Britannica and National

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