"The Wolves of the Sea."
Scientific name: Orcinus Orca
The female orca usually lives from twenty to ninety-five years of age. The male orca usually has a shorter life span than the females for some unknown reason.
LITTLE KNOWN FACTS
- The orca has been known to temporarily beach itself just to get a seal. Once it snatches one, it works its way backwards into the water and swims off with its prey.
- Orcas are not actually whales. They are in the same family as the dolphin.
- The orca's old scientific name means "Demon Dolphin" in Latin. The orca's new scientific name means "Bringer of Death"
- The orca has many other names such as; Killer Whale, Orca Dolphin, Blackfish, Great Killer Whale, and Grampus.
- Unlike the Baleen Whale, the orca has a single blowhole instead of a double. The orca breathes through this blowhole located on the top of his head. Contrary to popular belief, he does not blow water out of it. He sprays carbon dioxide that comes out in a mist. The blow hole is also capable of closing so that water does not enter his lungs.