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  1. OSHA: It's Only a Matter of Time (CNN News)
      Reports on an OSHA report that predicted that swimming with Orcas will eventually result in a trainer's death. 02-10

  2. Officials: Orca Trainer Likely Made a Mistake (CBS News)
      "The killer whale that drowned a veteran trainer was just curious about her ponytail and dragged her into the water to investigate a new toy, the former head of animal training at SeaWorld Orlando said Friday." 02-10

  3. Orca or Killer Whale (
      "The killer whale (Orcinus orca), also referred to as the orca whale or orca, and less commonly as the blackfish or grampus, is a toothed whale belonging to the oceanic dolphin family. Killer whales are found in all oceans, from the frigid Arctic and Antarctic regions to tropical seas. Killer whales as a species have a diverse diet, although individual populations often specialize in particular types of prey. Some feed exclusively on fish, while others hunt marine mammals like pinnipeds, and even large whales. Killer whales are regarded as apex predators, lacking natural predators." 09-14

  4. Orca or Killer Whale Kills Great White Shark (YourTube)
      Shows an orca killing a shark. 09-14

  5. Orca or Killer Whales (
      "Male orcas have a life expectancy of 50-60 years. Females have a life expectancy of 90 years."

  6. Orca or Killer Whales (
      Includes a description of the life and habits of the dolphin.

  7. Orca or Killer Whales (
      "There are up to five distinct killer whale types distinguished by geographical range, preferred prey items and physical appearance. Some of these may be separate races, subspecies or even species."

  1. Orca or Killer Whales (
      Provides a drawing for coloring and facts. "Like other whales, orcas swim by moving their tail (called flukes) up and down. Fish swim by moving their tail left and right."

  1. Complicated Animal Societies Challenge our Views (BBC News)
      "Blinded by the limits of our own imagination, historically we have found it difficult to envisage another entity [ocean mammals] with capabilities that rival our own."

      "Acknowledging that at least some animals are 'beyond use' brings forward implications spanning philosophy, law, science and policy." 12-10

  2. Dolphins (Kirby)
      Provides pictures and articles. 1-00

  3. Dolphins (National Parks Conservation Association)
      Provides a drawing and basic facts.

  4. Dolphins - Bottlenose (
      Includes a description of the dolphin, along with a drawing. 10-00

  5. Dolphins - Bottlenose (Kids' Planet)
      Includes a description of the life and habits of the dolphin. 5-00

  6. Dolphins - Facts (The Whale Club)
      Provides basic interesting facts. 1-00

  7. Dolphins, Bionic (CNN News)
      "The dolphin, described by Doc as the world's first underwater flying machine, attracted a huge amount of media interest during a test drive around Auckland harbor, in New Zealand."

      "Innes' one-man model is powered by a 110hp jet ski petrol engine and uses five control surfaces to perform barrel rolls, leaps and dives. It is also fitted with a fighter jet canopy, where the driver sits." 12-04

  8. Orcas or Killer Whales (Kids' Planet)
      Includes a description and a drawing.

  9. Orcas or Killer Whales (National Parks Conservation Association)
      Provides a drawing and basic facts. (A large white space is at the top of the article.)


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