Subject: Killer whales

Jennifer D. Philips (jphilips@soest.hawaii.edu)
Thu, 30 Apr 1998 20:49:31 -1000

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

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".

Aloha!

Jen
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Jennifer D. Philips		
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Marine Mammal Research Program
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