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Published: Apr 29, 2017 19:13

Killer whale or orca is a toothed whale belonging to the oceanic dolphin family. It is is the largest member of this family. Killer whales have a diverse diet, although individual populations often specialize in particular types of prey. Some feed exclusively on fish, while others hunt marine mammals such as seals and dolphins. They have been known to attack baleen whale calves, and even adult whales. Killer whales are apex predators, as there is no animal that preys on them.

Killer whales are highly social. Their sophisticated hunting techniques and vocal behaviours are often specific to a particular group and passed across generations.

Shamu is the name used for several SeaWorld orca shows and is the stage name given to the "star" of those shows, beginning with the original Shamu in the late 1960s and early 1970s. The orca Shamu died in 1971, but the name Shamu was trademarked by SeaWorld and has been given to different orcas at different times when performing in Shamu shows.

In March 2016, SeaWorld announced they are ending their orca breeding programs making their current orcas, the last generation of orcas in SeaWorld's care. SeaWorld also announced they will be phasing out their theatrical orca whale shows and will introduce, new, inspiring, natural orca encounters rather than theatrical shows, focussing on orca enrichment, exercise and overall health.