Subject: Killer whales

Jennifer D. Philips (
Thu, 30 Apr 1998 20:49:31 -1000

>Hi! my name is Alison. I wanted to know if orcas are dolphins or whales?

Alison - 

Killer whales (orcas) are dolphins, members of the main dolphin family,
delphinidae.  Dolphins are defined as all "toothed whales" and what we call
whales are the "baleen whales".



Jennifer D. Philips

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