November 26, 2006

Searching for Orca

Posted in Uncategorized at 7:48 pm by skijumper

In preparation for our move to BC Canada, I have been offering up fascinating tidbits to our four year old daughter.  The tidbits are probably more like very, very random spurts of un-fascinating information from a woman who has packed to many boxes, sucked air out of too many vacuum-storage bags and blogged way too many posts this month! 
However, my ramblings are always interesting to my four year old and once she hears something she wants me to fill in all the details.  My standard reply is ‘ that’s a great question sweetie, we should look that up on the internet later’.  Hence, a blog about the orca – or as she prefers to exclaim dramatically ‘killerwhale’.  The question as you may have guessed was ‘what do they kill?’  I quickly replied that they just eat a lot of fish and are a natural link in the food chain, blah, blah.  Did I mention that I said we may see them on the ferry when we get to Canada?  I have come to realize that she probably has many trepidations about getting close to the killer whales on the ferry!  Alas, we will sit down tommorrow and review this information offered by Wikipedia about the eerily beautiful and not-so-scary orca.  

The Orca or Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) is the largest species of the oceanic dolphin family (Delphinidae). They are sometimes referred to as blackfish, a group including pilot whales, pygmy and false killer whales, and melon-headed whales. It is the second-most widely distributed mammal on Earth (after humans) and is found in all the world’s oceans, from the frigid Arctic regions to warm, tropical seas. It is also a versatile predator, eating fish, sea turtles, seabirds, pinnipeds, elasmobranchs, sirenians and even other cetaceans. This puts the orca at the pinnacle of the marine food chain. Orcas are marine mammals with a fearsome reputation that goes as far back as Pliny the Elder’s description of the species. The name “killer whale” reflects the animal’s habit of attacking whales, and does not mean that orcas are a threat to humans

Source: Orca – Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia 


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