Also referred to as orcas (Orcinus orca), are the largest members of the dolphin family. These highly social animals are very family oriented, and have demonstrated their ability to develop a complex culture, much like humans.
A Keystone Species
Killer whales are at the top of the food chain and are one of the most widespread apex predators in the North Atlantic. They are referred to as “keystone species”, which means they play a “key” role in shaping and maintaining ecosystems.
Why Study Killer Whales
If killer whales disappeared, major changes would occur, as the natural balance would be altered. Because of their importance in maintaining healthy oceans, it is essential to study them and understand the extent of their influence on the marine environment.