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Orcinus orca Linnaeus, 1758
Family: Delphinidae
Order: Cetacea
English: Killer whale
French: Orque, Epaulard
Spanish: Orca, Espardarte
German: Schwertwal (There's a German version of this page!)
Norwegian: Spekkhogger (There's a Norwegian version of this page!)
Migration: partial
Regions: Caribbean Islands, East Asia, Europe, Mesoamerica, North Africa, North America, North Asia, Oceania, South & Southeast Asia, South America, Sub-Saharan Africa

 distributionmap of Orcinus orca 

“Residents show strong movements associated with the coastal migrations of salmon. [...] Off the northern coast of Norway, a population of killer whales moves seasonally in relation to the migration pattern of its principle prey, herring (Similä, 1997).”
(Ford JKB, 2002, Killer Whale - Orcinus orca, In: Encyclopedia of marine mammals, Perrin WF, Würsig B, Thewissen JGM (eds), 669-676, Academic Press, San Diego)

More about whales and dolphins from:
Riede, K. (2001): Global Register of Migratory Species. Weltregister wandernder Tierarten. (p. 64-68)

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(Last update: 11.7.2007 by A. Tappenhölter)