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~~Orca Whale breaching in the San Juan Islands • archipelago in Washington between the US mainland and Vancouver Island, British Columbia, Canada • photo: Hakan Karlsson~~

In today’s vernacular, the names “orca” and “killer whale” are interchangeable, though many animal-activists prefer the former, while scientists and the display industry tend to use the latter.

The killer whale or orca (Orcinus orca) is a toothed whale belonging to the oceanic dolphin family, of which it is the largest member. Killer whales are found in all oceans, from Arctic and Antarctic regions to tropical seas.