Scientifically, pod. Female Orcas have offspring every three

            Scientifically, the Orca is known as
the Orcinus orca. Although the name
Killer Whale suggests the opposite, they are not actually a part of the whale
family. Orcas are a part of the Delphinidae Family; they are actually a species
of dolphin. These mammals are carnivores, known for hunting in groups of
approximately forty called pods which are often noted as similar to wolf
hunting packs. They eat seals, seabirds, fish, and even whales. They have more
than forty teeth, each about ten centimeters long to eat their prey. Orcas are
the largest in the dolphin family and can grow anywhere from twenty-three to
thirty-two feet long as well as weight up to six tons. They can be found in
various locations throughout the Earth from the arctic to equator, despite most
media representation depicting them in the wild to live in only arctic waters.

            Orcas are also quite intelligent,
which is one reason why they are often trained in captivity to perform tricks.

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They have the largest brains out of all dolphins, weighing between five and six
kilograms. The Orca also has the ability to communicate with other members of
its species through echolocation, similar to Beluga Whales who use this skill
to find food and other members of its species. These pods also seem to contain
members of an extended family, and they have a matriarchal system, as the
female Orcas are known to protect their offspring as well as other members of
their pod. Female Orcas have offspring every three to five years and go through
seventeen-month pregnancies (Britannica and
National Geographic).