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Noun1.Orcinus - killer whalesOrcinus - killer whales        
mammal genus - a genus of mammals
killer whale, orca, Orcinus orca, sea wolf, grampus, killer - predatory black-and-white toothed whale with large dorsal fin; common in cold seas
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Whale music could be "joyous"--the killer whale squeals of Songs and Sounds of Orcinus Orca (1979); or "introspective"--the delicate interplays of flute and killer whale on Paul Horn and Haida (1974); or perhaps "sacred" and "profound"--the mournful humpback moans that mark the beginning of Common Ground (1976).
Scientifically known as Orcinus orca, the killer whale belongs to the order Odontoceti, which includes all toothed whales and dolphins.
How is the whale Orcinus Orca that has been known to prey on other whales better known?
Possible indirect interactions between transient and resident killer whales: implications for the evolution of foraging specializations in the genus Orcinus.
Common name Scientific name Pantropical spotted dolphin Stenella attenuata Striped dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba Spinner dolphin Stenella longirostris Rough-toothed dolphin Steno bredanensis Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus Risso's dolphin Grampus griseus Fraser's dolphin Lagenodelphis hosei Melon-headed whale Peponocephala electra Pygmy killer whale Feresa attenuata False killer whale1 Pseudorca crassidens Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus Killer whale Orcinus orca Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus Dwarf sperm whale Kogia sima Unidentified Kogia Kogia sima/breviceps Blainville's beaked whale Mesoplodon densirostris Cuvier's beaked whale Ziphius cavirostris Longman's beaked whale Indopacetus pacificus Unidentified Mesoplodon Mesoplodon spp.
Key words: bowhead whale; Balaena mysticetus; ship strike; Arctic Ocean; Bering Sea; line entanglement; commercial gear entanglement; Orcinus orca; killer whale predation attempts; propeller injuries; scars; aboriginal whaling
Shamu is, of course, a concept rather than an individual - a rolling roster of Orcinus orca that perform at SeaWorld, a couple of hours away in San Diego.
This salmon-hunting population of Orcinus orca whales is among only three kinds of mammals in which females live long after they stop having babies themselves.
Predation may also be a factor in the recovery of the population; between 1999 and 2014 a total of 10 beach-cast and floating carcasses reported to the NMFS Alaska Regional Office (NMFS3) were determined to be related to killer whale, Orcinus orca, predation.
Erbe (2002) suggested the hypothesis of temporary or permanent hearing loss due to boat exposure for Orcinus orca.
In the case of killer whales Orcinus orca, locating and tracking these highly mobile marine predators for extended periods of time and over a geographically large range can be both problematic and costly.