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Orca names and classification tend to show up in comments frequently on social media and mentioned during whale watch tours. One thing I see often is “Orcas actually aren’t whales, they’re dolphins!” Fact of the matter is, they are BOTH!  Orcas are the largest member of the family delphinidae (oceanic dolphins), which is under the infraorder odontoceti, therefore all dolphins are toothed whales. All dolphins are whales, but not all whales are dolphins! And for the name part... some people don’t like the name “killer” whale. The name comes from fishermen that first witnessed them preying on whales, and called...

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The 4th feature in my #100reasonsproject are the Southern Resident Killer Whales.  Orca are not endangered as a species, but this specific fish-eating population of 75 individuals is critically endangered due to loss of primary prey: chinook salmon. These salmon in turn are in decline because dams in the lower snake river hinder their ability to complete the reproductive cycle. The hydropower these dams produce has been largely sourced out elsewhere, giving them little purpose to us humans. Breaching these dams is the key way to let salmon recover and let these orca have enough to eat. Call and write to the politicians...

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