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Sunday, March 21, 2010

Killer Whales - Dominance of the Sea!

Hey hey hey, it's aquatic animals this time. Not a fish, not a bird. It's a mammal! The killer whales (Orcinus orca), or sometimes they call it, an Orca. :O

Killer whale is the largest species of the oceanic dolphin family. Also categorized as the toothed whale, the killer whales have about 40 to 52 teeth. Those teeth curve inwards and backwards, allowing them to catch the prey easily.

They are classified as the apex predators (on top of the food chain). Even by that, their existence in this world are still threatening.

There are two major types of killer whales. The resident and the transient.

Resident killer whales eat predominantly fish (Salmon, Lingcod, halibut, greenling, and various small flatfish). The group can be as small as 3, but sometimes it reaches up to 50, yup 50 killer whales in a group.

On the hunt!

Transient, basically can be called --The Hunters. It usually consists of 2 to 6 killer whales in a group.(Small group of hunters) They feed on marine mammals, such as sea lions, or whales (the whales calve, baby >.>)!

A killer whale surfacing to grab its meal (a sea lion).

Killer whales are intelligent animals, so some of the killer whales are trained to entertain people. They are trained to do amazing arts, even better than those dolphins. >.>

The Orcas' dance~ :D

Swimming and singing~

Orca and its calf.

That's all for the sea monsters! See ya~

Google image- for the cool and wet image of the orcas! :D
Darrel- XD Not about panda this time, maybe next time? And thanks for the encouragement!

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