Seems like an obvious answer right? But there is somewhat of a story behind why we call Orca’s “Killer Whales”.
Orcas were given the name ‘killer whale’ by ancient sailors’ back in the day who would see groups of orcas hunting and preying on larger whale species while they were sailing the ocean. Then the name just stuck.
What’s even crazier is how deadly Orcas (killer whales) can actually be. For example when it comes to their main predators, sharks, they attack and kill them by torpedoing up into the shark’s stomach from underneath, causing the shark to explode! Insane!
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