Orca and Humpback
The King of the Ocean
What types of whales are there?
|Humpback Whale||Megaptera novaeangliae (mega-pa-teri-a nova-an- gee-all-a)|
|Orca/Killer Whale||Orcinus Orca, (or-sin-us or-ca) Delphinidae (Del-fin-i-day)|
Part 1: Humback Whales
What are Humpback Whales?
Humpback Whales are whales that are part of the Megaptera novaeanglie family. They are the most common specie of whale. There are about as many as 100,000 Humpback whales. Humpback whales are the second largest whales in the world. (Second to the Blue Whale.)
Where are they found and what do they eat?
They are found in all the oceans of the world. If you want to see one, go to Harvey Bay, Queensland, Australia. Harvey Bay is know as "The Whale Watching Capital of the World." Humpbacks and other whales visit here frequently. They migrate to the Artic Ocean to breed. Here there is plenty to eat. Whales give themselves "a backrub" by rubbing on kelp. They eat krill, an animal that is related to shrimp.
Part 2: Orca Whales
What are Orca Whales?
Orca whales are whales that are small. Orcas live in pods (groups) of about 50. The Orca's ememies are other Orcas and (of course) humans.
Orca Whale or Killer Whale?
The Orca or the Killer? They both seem different. The Orca is thought to be a peaceful creature. The Killer Whale is thought to be a killer that is able to kill even the most deadly shark. So what is this whale really? A strong killer or a secret, shy creature? The Truth........Both! The Orca/Killer whale is a shy killer!
What do they eat and where are they found?
They eat salmon, herring, birds, squids, seals, dolphins, walrus, and penquins. They even eat the Blue Whale, the biggest mammal in the world! They are found in every ocean of the world, most likely you will find one in cool water.
Did You Know?
Orca whales live in pods of up to 50 whales. In these pods there are subpods, even smaller pods! In subpods there even tinier units called maternal groups!
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