Orcas, the largest member of the dolphin family, are instantly recognizable with their distinct monochrome ensemble. Best known for exceptional hunting, this has earned them the title ‘killer whale’. However, behind the nickname the mammals have a fascinating array of aptitudes and strategies – such as extreme intelligence, language, familial loyalty, and sheer athletic prowess – that make them apex predators of the ocean.
Even with all these abilities orcas can’t outcompete humans. From overfishing, dams, and chemical exposure this magnificent marine mammal faces many threats. Dr. Giles from Wild Orca and Quinn Read from the Center for Biological Diversity discussed orca biology and how you can help the species thrive.