Subject: killer whales

Michael Williamson (
Mon, 6 Jan 1997 15:18:35 -0500 (EST)

Orca are dolphins because they have the characteristics of a dolphin.  
One of the main characteristic is the tooth shape.  Their teeth are 
shaped likem a canine tooth, pointed and rounded cross-section.  A 
porpoises tooth is flattened somewhat like your bottom teeth.


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On Fri, 3 Jan 1997 wrote:

> Hello my name is Timothy. I would really like to ask a question. Do
> killer whales really belong to the dolphin family and if so why? If you
> have a reasonable answer, please send e-mail back to
> Thanks!
> Regards,
> Timothy	Law