5 Ways Orcas Have Earned the Nickname “Killer Whale”


Orcas are some of the most effective predators in the ocean, and each population of them has entirely different prey preferences and hunting techniques, more than earning their nickname “killer whale!”

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Meet the different types of orcas


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How Killer Whales Kill


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Facts about orcas (killer whales)

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