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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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Whales- or the group of animals called cetaceans- are absolutely incredible creatures! Despite being mammals that breathe air and have warm blood, they live their entire lives underwater. As a marine mammal naturalist, I love sharing information about whales with people. There are many reasons why whales matter and why they are just awesome animals. 1. Without Whales We Wouldn't be Breathing 50-70% of the oxygen we breathe come from the ocean- or more specifically microscopic organisms called phytoplankton. Not only to phytoplankton produce oxygen, they also reduce carbon dioxide in the environment and they are also the base of...

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