Orca

The orca or 'killer whale' is, in fact, the largest member of the oceanic dolphin family. Like many other marine mammals, the orca uses echolocation (clicks and whistles) to help hunt and navigate the ocean around them.

IDENTIFYING CHARACTERISTICS

While an orca's bold black and white markings are unmistakeable, these creatures also have small grey patches located behind the dorsal fin — referred to as a 'saddle' or 'cape'. Travelling at speeds of up to 34.5 mph, these marine mammals are the fastest in the ocean, and travel in matrilineal pods of up to 40 individuals!

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