Killer whale

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phylum Chordata Killer whales, also referred to as the orca, are found in all oceans. From the frigid Arctic and Antarctic regions to tropical seas. Killer whales as a species have a diverse diet, although individual populations often specialize in particular types of prey. Some feed exclusively on fish, while others hunt marine mammals such as sea lions, seals, walruses, and even large whales. Killer whales are regarded as apex predators, lacking natural predators.

They are highly social; some populations are composed of matrilineal family groups which are the most stable of any animal species. Their sophisticated hunting techniques and vocal behaviors, which are often specific to a particular group and passed across generations, have been described as manifestations of culture. For more information, visit the Wikipedia entry.

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class Mammalia
infraclass Eutheria
order Cetacea
suborder Odontoceti
family Delphinidae
genus Orcinus
species O. orca