Type A orca, Cape Valentine
Type A killer whale (Orcinus orca). There are at least 10 flavors of orca found in the various oceans of the world. They are recognized as ‘eco-types’, but for all intents and purposes they are different species. They occupy different habitats, specialize in different prey, ‘speak’ different languages, have subtle but distinctive diagnostic features and do not interbreed. Type A is typically B&W (as opposed to grey & orange), sporting a dorsal ‘saddle’ (as opposed to dorsal ‘cape’), have a large eye ‘patch’) as opposed to an eye ‘slit’ or ‘whisp’) and are the largest of all species.
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