Odontoceti: Toothed Whales
All Odontocetes have 1 blowhole and at least 2 teeth. There are 80 species worldwide.
Orcas (Killer Whales)
Killer whales along the coast of British Columbia and Washington are among the most studied whales in the world. Intensive field research in this region has been undertaken for almost 45 years. These studies have provided increased knowledge about these whales, yet there still is much to be learned. Orcinus orca, better known as killer whales, are whales with teeth and are in fact the largest member of the dolphin family. They are found in all of the world’s oceans yet prefer colder water temperatures. Orca are mainly black with white markings located on their bellies, behind their dorsal fins (called saddle patches) and on the sides of their heads (eye patches).