Just a small point, Orcas are not part of the Whale family, they belong to the Dolphin family. I believe the Killer Whale name arises from the fact that they have been known to kill whales.
Just checking that I have read your post correctly. You are not challenging the accuracy of my post but you say "My sense is that everybody knows this already. I could be wrong."They are called whales because they are big. Killer because they kill (they are predators of larger vertebrates with whom we empathize).
I guess it is a "fun fact" that they are more closely related to dolphins than whales. My sense is that everybody knows this already. I could be wrong.
I think that outside of a marine bio class, it is pretty lame to "correct" people on that point. Many of those you correct will already know it and there is nothing wrong with calling them by their common name: killer whale.
We'd been talking about it constantly for more than a year before the media knew a thing. I was doing deliveries for 3 years between the UK/France/Spain/Portugal/Northern Africa/Gib and skippered a marine mammal observation boat that operated in the mouth of the med for 8 months. I never heard a single account of an orca attacking or disabling a boat during my time there.Well… I don’t think it’s a trend
Part orca , 10 parts media
Yes. I am a little sensitive about it. Recently I watched a video on youtube about orcas killing a grey whale calf. There must have been 20 comments saying "actually they are not whales.... they are members of the dolphin family..." And I got really irritated. Maybe I took it out on you a bit. But I bet the intersection of people here at SA who A don't know and B do care that Orcas are members of the dolphin family is pretty small. It is kind of like when people say "actually, the tomato is a fruit, not a vegetable..."
There is also the fact that dolphins (including killer whales) are members of the order (well, parvorder) "Odontoceti" known commonly as toothed whales. I probably knew that at one point but I forgot until just now when I looked it up.
Getting harder and harder to joke about it. I sure hope orcas in other places don't start doing this.Holyyyyy orcas. Can you even imagine? If those guys were for some reason unable to radio for help, they were in BIG trouble.notthebee.com
When they found out we weren't all that tasty and had less nutritional value than cetaceans and pinnipeds.For 10+ million years the Orca were the apex predators of the oceans. They ate everything that swam in the seas and still do. Except for us, who started boating 30 or 50,000 years ago. I wonder how long it took them to develop an absolute taboo against eating us?