Orcas are fairly well known apex predators. However, it is often overlooked that they are a that are not really whales, but close relatives of dolphins.
Now, when it comes to being an apex predator, size really doesn’t matter. There are many factors that go into making an animal an apex predator such as specialized haunting skills, a large appetite and relatively few predators. Don’t overlook intelligence.
It goes without saying, Intelligence goes a long way as it relates to the survival of the fittest.
Orcas are commonly called killer whales. Ever wonder why? The term, killer whales, doesn’t really do orcas justice. They are not indiscriminate in their actions.
As the video below explains, this name originated because ancient sailors frequently observing orcas feeding on large whales. They actually referred to orcas as whale killers. This term, somehow just became killer whale over time.
The following clip does a great job at explaining what makes orcas at the top of the food chain.
Hopefully you picked up a few additional insights about the role of these magnificent animals.
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