5 Ways Orcas Have Earned the Nickname “Killer Whale”

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Orcas are some of the most effective predators in the ocean, and each population of them has entirely different prey preferences and hunting techniques, more than earning their nickname “killer whale!”
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Images:
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Jerbear
Jerbear 4 օր առաջ
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leecoote1983
leecoote1983 20 օր առաջ
The mature governor adversely replace because playground commonly rejoice underneath a conscious imprisonment. unhealthy, earsplitting riddle
Seth Gold
Seth Gold 27 օր առաջ
ORCAS AND NOT KILLERS. ORCAS ARE GENTLE, HIGHLY INTELLIGENT, INCREDIBLE BEAUTIFUL AND ARE PART OF THE ECOSYSTEM WITHOUT THE ORCAS THE OCEANS WOULD BE LONELY AND DEPRESSED LOVE ORCAS SAVE THE ENDAGERED ORCAS ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
Magellanic
Magellanic 19 օր առաջ
i love all whales, but orcas are killers. you're describing humpbacks whales. humpbacks love to sing and dance, orcas hunt because it's fun
macsporan
macsporan Ամիս առաջ
These creatures are evil, almost as bad as humans. I hope they never grow legs.
Amy Reynolds
Amy Reynolds Ամիս առաջ
... forget about sharks, these guys are who you need to be worried about.
Magellanic
Magellanic 19 օր առաջ
orcas don't hunt humans
Jakab Renátó Illés
Jakab Renátó Illés Ամիս առաջ
Wow! This was great!🙂
Richard Lee
Richard Lee Ամիս առաջ
Orcas are not killer whales. They are part of the dolphin family tree, not whale tree. They are called "killer of whale". The "of" got dropped sometimes somewhere.
Magellanic
Magellanic 19 օր առաջ
dolphins are odontocetes aka toothed whales beluga whales are also dolphins
MrVanillaCaramel
MrVanillaCaramel Ամիս առաջ
Why are mammals so much brainier than were the dinosaurs?
Magellanic
Magellanic 19 օր առաջ
evolution
MrVanillaCaramel
MrVanillaCaramel Ամիս առաջ
What I'm curious to know about is how much language they have.
Magellanic
Magellanic 19 օր առաջ
their language is much more advanced than humans'
MrVanillaCaramel
MrVanillaCaramel Ամիս առաջ
Is it true orcas are not whales but dolphins? Maybe they should be called killer dolphins?
Magellanic
Magellanic 19 օր առաջ
dolphins are technically whales
templarw20
templarw20 Ամիս առաջ
Orcas have well earned the name "killer whale," but they are nowhere near the absolute jerks that bottlenose dolphins are. Dolphins are a-holes...
interloop
interloop Ամիս առաջ
Show actual footage
Branden apexo
Branden apexo Ամիս առաջ
So in other words we are real lucky they do t have a taste for us.
stefanos tokatlidis
stefanos tokatlidis Ամիս առաջ
If I were to design an ecosystem, I wouldn’t allow those overkill animals to exist.
Christopher William
Christopher William Ամիս առաջ
That's why we're supposed to catch them
Magellanic
Magellanic 19 օր առաջ
no
flanker
flanker Ամիս առաջ
Orca's are like some super OP hero from an Anime. They are so bored with it all, they are just inventing new ways to pass the time at this point.
IbadassI
IbadassI Ամիս առաջ
No documented cases of WILD Orcas killing humans? I think it's because they go all gangsta and leave no witnesses behind, because they know witnesses will come back with weapons and get them.
Luna Lockhart
Luna Lockhart Ամիս առաջ
not to mention how many trainers they killed at SeaWorld, and by "they", I mean SeaWorld
Steven Jo Albano
Steven Jo Albano Ամիս առաջ
You sound like that narrator of Bright Side
Riley aroha
Riley aroha Ամիս առաջ
Oh wow. I always knew they were smart animals but some of this is next level
somedeveloperblokey
somedeveloperblokey Ամիս առաջ
I think it is only a matter of time before orca's begin eating seaworld employee's, and I say, good for them. (Not the employee's, clearly!) Close that fishy prison down.
Adam Mccullar
Adam Mccullar Ամիս առաջ
I thought this was a SeaWorld obituary damn...
geoffrey rolan
geoffrey rolan Ամիս առաջ
This all boils down to one fact: nature is awesome. Frightening sometimes, but awesome.
Stacy Irby
Stacy Irby Ամիս առաջ
What about the orcas like Port and Starboard who turn the sharks (Great Whites, in particular) upside down to immobilize them, thus drowning them to then eat their livers!! Love this video, thank you! Orcas are my favorite animal of all. They're truly amazing!!!
TheSonnetPrince
TheSonnetPrince Ամիս առաջ
They are killer (of) whales, closer related to dolphins, but by name people forego that the "killer" part is directed towards whales.
BW Acuff
BW Acuff Ամիս առաջ
"Orca".....Native American for "Dicks of the deep."
Sopek cs
Sopek cs Ամիս առաջ
So Orcas like Shark Fin soup
Arghya Sankar Das
Arghya Sankar Das Ամիս առաջ
I am equally amazed and terrified by the fact that orcas actively prey on sharks! Absolutely diabolical!
Cameron Eridan
Cameron Eridan Ամիս առաջ
Ecotype is pushing it really close to Tribe imo
Rinocapz
Rinocapz Ամիս առաջ
The chances of getting killed by a killer whale are very low ... But never zero.
culwin
culwin Ամիս առաջ
Sounds like "Serial Killer Whale" is more accurate.
Samuel S
Samuel S Ամիս առաջ
I call them Panda torpedo
Josh Bobst
Josh Bobst Ամիս առաջ
I'm a bit surprised the Orcas attacking sailboats off the Spanish coast wasn't mentioned. www.sailingscuttlebutt.com/2020/10/12/video-attack-by-orcas-along-portugal/ www.bbc.co.uk/news/extra/buqvasp1rr/orcas-spain-portugal
thehulk86
thehulk86 Ամիս առաջ
they're called "killer whales" because they're "whale killers"....that's where they get the name...
Qrow Bandwidth
Qrow Bandwidth Ամիս առաջ
Let’s not forget about Orcas eating Moose lol
kravenofspider
kravenofspider Ամիս առաջ
I believe it is said that they are whale killers, not killer whales.
Lavenderflowers Fall
Lavenderflowers Fall Ամիս առաջ
Flynn Rider??? From TANGLED? Okay how do you keep getting hotter every year you're like a beatnik who works out???? Or maybe you're Dean from Iron Giant I don't know
Glenn Griffon
Glenn Griffon Ամիս առաջ
It's a good thing they live in the oceans cause if an animal other than humans learned how to use fire as a tool we'd be boned.... Oh wait, Australian fire hawks... They actually do use fire as a tool to get food. Whelp, we're boned.
Arcadis Torias
Arcadis Torias Ամիս առաջ
I respect Orcas in that, I never want to encounter one in real life. Or any large sea creature. In fact I'm just going to continue avoiding the ocean. It's no place for humans lol.
Lily Blake
Lily Blake Ամիս առաջ
That sounds amazingly like they have cultural differences. If it's all learned from other orcas in their group and not just instinctual. It's cultural learning. But much more complex and requiring greater intelligence than, say, hunting behaviours that wolves pass from generation to generation. Isn't there a primate somewhere that learned to wash food in seawater to flavour it and to separate food from sand particles. The technique turned out to have been invented by a single female and learned by all the others. Not sure if that was a case of her teaching others to do it, or them observing her and copying. Imagine a distant future orca exchange student from NZ travelling to the Arctic to learn ice-flipping. God I love seeing evidence that animals are more intelligent and emotionally complex than we thought. Both because I hate the idea of humans as separate and superior to other animals, and because it teaches us so much about how intelligence and consciousness works.
Nightingale
Nightingale Ամիս առաջ
I had no clue orcas were this horrifying...
Nikki Loverde
Nikki Loverde Ամիս առաջ
Incredible ! They are so smart
Armin Hillman
Armin Hillman Ամիս առաջ
Keep whales wild! Captivity kills.
Joseph Hsu
Joseph Hsu Ամիս առաջ
I hope those orcas are intelligent enough to know that most other whales are endangered too and slow reproducers, and if they kill them now they won't get to eat em later. Best to stick to seals... and occasional shark.
Marthine Angel Fabico
Marthine Angel Fabico Ամիս առաջ
I can't believe orcas know more about shark and whale anatomy than I do
Matt A
Matt A Ամիս առաջ
There was a National Geographic magazine article back in the 70's that had pictures of a pack of killer whales surrounding and eating a blue whale.
Amit das
Amit das Ամիս առաջ
TY🙏
Steve Olive
Steve Olive Ամիս առաջ
You missed an even more amazing story of "killer whales" hunting whales. Mutual cooperation with human whalers in Eden, NSW Australia. The whales would hunt a whale, southern right whale or humpback, towards the harpooners so the whale could be killed. One of the whales would actually go to near the houses of some whalers to tell them they had a whale. They were rewarded by the whalers leaving the dead whale anchored floating so the orcas could eat the tongue & lips. en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Killer_whales_of_Eden,_New_South_Wales
Brandon Baxter
Brandon Baxter Ամիս առաջ
Why does the intro sound like sourcefed
Remco Holdstock
Remco Holdstock Ամիս առաջ
So we are killer apes?
Denis Belialov
Denis Belialov Ամիս առաջ
So basically orcas are killer Batman's of the sea. With enough prep time nothing will survive. Got it.
Aeva Wilkes
Aeva Wilkes Ամիս առաջ
Cant believe you didnt address how orcas are one of the primary predators of MOOSE
MegaJessness
MegaJessness Ամիս առաջ
Yaaay I'm so happy y'all mentioned the NZ orcas! They're so unique out of the rest of the world's populations, and they're the least studied. Pretty much only Dr. Visser and her team are studying them out there, and the pod members are all a bunch of characters.
Wealllovemerylstreep !
Wealllovemerylstreep ! Ամիս առաջ
I don't know if I'd be more afraid late at night in a subway in New York or as a young seal spotted by an Orca?
Bob McL
Bob McL Ամիս առաջ
Like someone once said: Who was the marketing genius that named them "Killer Whales" instead of "Sea Pandas"?
felipercalvo
felipercalvo Ամիս առաջ
i must say, i do like your channel, but the videos would be A LOT better if they showed more of the animals and less of the caster
DireWolf
DireWolf Ամիս առաջ
Those seals on the ice drifts better hope the orca don't learn how to beach or they'd be, and I quote, super boned.
Damon Valentine
Damon Valentine Ամիս առաջ
you can't imagine how much i hate that goat beard
DragonFae16
DragonFae16 Ամիս առաջ
And their incredible intelligence is why NONE should be kept in captivity.
kingll2
kingll2 Ամիս առաջ
Next thing the will do is learn how to sink boats and ships
Andrew Smith
Andrew Smith Ամիս առաջ
They are killer to pet as well.
The Marauder
The Marauder Ամիս առաջ
bruh i love these animals, cognitively theyre so incredible
Fusion325
Fusion325 Ամիս առաջ
...so that's where waves come from
Merkades13
Merkades13 Ամիս առաջ
While I liked this video, I was kind of hoping to see that clip of an orca punting a seal ~80 feet into the air.
Thabang Senoamadi
Thabang Senoamadi Ամիս առաջ
Type B1 come on scientists! This was your chance to give each echo type a cool gang names. Like "The Wave rider" or "The Marauders"
Daylon Beavers
Daylon Beavers Ամիս առաջ
.....Orca was the imposter
Jeanette Schock
Jeanette Schock Ամիս առաջ
Where's the video? I've seen this but where's your videos??
Speckled Jim
Speckled Jim Ամիս առաջ
There's plenty of video footage of these behavioural variations. I would have preferred that rather than a lecture with the odd still picture thrown in.
itzybitzyspyder tv
itzybitzyspyder tv Ամիս առաջ
They kill shark off of CA too.
Benny Kleykens
Benny Kleykens Ամիս առաջ
The sweater design reminiscent of a wetsuit was a nice touch :-)
Eljan Rimsa
Eljan Rimsa Ամիս առաջ
If they are so intelligent why don't they wage wars against each other?
Raccoon
Raccoon Ամիս առաջ
the idea of seals parking themselves is hilarious
The Shamu
The Shamu Ամիս առաջ
Killer whales are such awesome animals. They're like Native Americans of the sea and it's no surprise why they're my favorite animal.
OverlyCautiousIndividual
OverlyCautiousIndividual Ամիս առաջ
If this video doesn't mention that orcas AREN'T WHALES I'm gonna
OverlyCautiousIndividual
OverlyCautiousIndividual Ամիս առաջ
@Fusion325 Wait. Hold up. No Really, Hold The Fkn Phone. You think I'm a guy, don't you? Is that why you thought I was getting aggressive? Guy says 'dear' and thats cue to throw down, holy cheesits batman, I'm trying to go full mom on some apparently troubled soul who's always getting into fights over whales and dolphins over here, and instead I'm getting read as an out and out Chad. Y'all. Y'ALL. I took legitimate psychic damage from this conversation, I'm out.
Fusion325
Fusion325 Ամիս առաջ
@OverlyCautiousIndividual alright cool man
OverlyCautiousIndividual
OverlyCautiousIndividual Ամիս առաջ
@David Keenan HARK! CLARITY! I understand now, thank you friend for clearing that up for me. I can now go on with my life with the pleasure that orcas have not lied to me like peanuts have. They did not mean to deceive me. It was only poorly worded articles and not enough time digging deeper that lead to my indignation, and thanks to you that is now settled. Thank you, kindly and sincerely.
OverlyCautiousIndividual
OverlyCautiousIndividual Ամիս առաջ
@Fusion325 ...Don't have some tea then? Sir and/or ma'am, congratulations. You have me thoroughly baffled. I'm sorry that my expressing sympathy is aggressive? Look. Human to human here. I'm putting aside my jokes for a second to relate to you as a person. You're not obligated to reply if you're getting anxious or worked up. You have the power to take yourself out of a conversation whenever you like. Just because someone @s you doesn't mean you're obligated. If you're being genuine, I sincerely suggest you take a break from the AM-posts comment section and sit back with something else you enjoy. My favourite method of unwinding from such things is tea and a book, hence my prior suggestion. I'm sorry for assuming that might be the case for you as well, given that was. I guess aggressive? Didn't intend it to be but when you're communicating over the net, its easy to read your own baggage into someone else. Take that how you will. You have yourself a good night, eh? And keep safe friend.
David Keenan
David Keenan Ամիս առաջ
@ OverlyCautiousIndividual Orcas are the largest members of the dolphin family, and dolphins are "toothed whales".
Syd Kwan
Syd Kwan Ամիս առաջ
Orca behaviour is fascinating. I study them and I am always astounded by them, yes shared traits but the ecotypes are all different and are just so amazing. Another Resident Killer Whales
Sledgehammer
Sledgehammer Ամիս առաջ
Orcas are a kind of animal that make me feel really uncomfortable. The only other animal that makes me feel that way are chimpanzees
Parker Varin
Parker Varin Ամիս առաջ
i wonder if there are orca race wars
SpuzPSO
SpuzPSO Ամիս առաջ
Can we please not use this trash presenter
Δeltα xbox
Δeltα xbox Ամիս առաջ
Soooo have they tried human and found us tasty? Have they ever tried capsizing a smaller ship. They sound like they could figure out how.
Ben Schaps
Ben Schaps Ամիս առաջ
Come on, they didn't mention how they are known to eat moose.
Dilkas
Dilkas Ամիս առաջ
Apex predators
Holymolie
Holymolie Ամիս առաջ
New Zealand Orcas - "I know karate." Morpheus - "Show me."
drunkredninja
drunkredninja Ամիս առաջ
that's it. i know what i have to do. kill the killers. freeing willy was a mistake.
telfordguy34uk
telfordguy34uk Ամիս առաջ
In the last 5 months A group of males off the coast of Portugal , have decided more than 40 times , that they enjoy harassing sailboats by ramming the hull and trying to disable the rudders. The Coast Guard has had to rescue 3 vessels so far. Very scary for the guys on the boats. It sound remarkably like the males are practicing the skills needed for hunting whales. Keep ramming them and take chunks out of the flukes.
RastaSaiyaman
RastaSaiyaman Ամիս առաջ
To give you another example on how there isn't just "Killer whales" as in "One is just like the other" when in the late eighties the Dutch Marine park in Harderwijk found that their Orca, a female called Gudrun, was growing too big for their pool, she was moved to Sea World Florida. Gudrun was a type 1 North Atlantic Orca, caught off the coast of Iceland but the Orcas already in Florida were Type 2's caught in the pacific and Kalina, the resident Matriarch Orca of Sea World's "Pod" didn't really welcome Gudrun with open arms. Kalina beat Gudrun senseless, making the trainers scratch their heads, why would an Orca beat another Orca, they're all the same right? Among Sea World enthusiasts, Gudrun was best known for being the mother of Taima, a very notoriously violent female.
telfordguy34uk
telfordguy34uk Ամիս առաջ
Close SEAWORLD !!
kaibasan1
kaibasan1 Ամիս առաջ
This guy is Aqualad
Judith Montel
Judith Montel Ամիս առաջ
Nope- I can't catch up on Season 2 yet because I'm still working my way back through Season 1 - LOVE SciShow Tangents!!
Christina R.
Christina R. Ամիս առաջ
I guess we should be thankful that they don't like the taste of humans.
Djinn-1
Djinn-1 Ամիս առաջ
The orcas that break up the ice floes to get at their prey: I wonder if these are the same orcas that have recently started smashing boats.
Aiman Daniel
Aiman Daniel Ամիս առաջ
handsome man
_Krosis_
_Krosis_ Ամիս առաջ
We need to call a group of Orcas a Mob tbh.. cuz they're gangsta
callinkin
callinkin Ամիս առաջ
I’ve listened to the explanation Now off to find if I can find records of shark karate chop and whale’s blowhole block
Fluid Cultist
Fluid Cultist Ամիս առաջ
How could you not mention that the only predator to a moose is an orca?
John Solo
John Solo Ամիս առաջ
Aw you even wore a top that looks sorta like a wetsuit for this video!
Harold Owens
Harold Owens Ամիս առաջ
I want to get chopped by an orca. I'll be the world's first to Karate Block!
Gaprel Gatet
Gaprel Gatet Ամիս առաջ
I think most of whale dumping them selves to the shore is to back evolving on land and take over the word after they earn enough iq stats in the ovcean, unfortunately the crown of earth is belong to human at the moment, what if they make it out?, without human population earth could that possibly happen?
tokke08
tokke08 Ամիս առաջ
Why does he has the same triangel mark on his face as i do? Wtf
Dead End
Dead End Ամիս առաջ
I now realise my elementary school presentation on orcas could have been significantly more spectacular.
minh anh ngyuen
minh anh ngyuen Ամիս առաջ
the next meal is human. cool trick = easy meal
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