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Meet the largest dolphin in the sea

Learn about the largest dolphin in the world - the orca! Tūtaki mai ki te maki. Akohia ngā āhuatanga mō te aihe nui rawa o te ao! Click the [CC] icon in the video player to view Te Reo subtitles.
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Killer whale

 

Killer whale is another name for Orca. Orca, or maki and kākahi in Māori, are large black and white 'toothed whales' which are actually the largest member of the dolphin family.

Orca

 

Orca, or maki and kākahi in Māori, are also known as ‘killer whale.' They are a large black and white 'toothed whales' that are actually the largest member of the dolphin family. Orca are apex predators, which means no other animal in the sea hunts and eats them. They have a large dorsal (back) fin and live in groups that hunt seals, fish, and penguin together. They can be found all over the world, including in New Zealand waters.

Dorsal fin

 

The fin on the back of a fish or whale. For example, the triangular fin on the back of a shark or dolphin, or the fins that stick up on the back of a fish. A fish can have up to three dorsal fins. The dorsal fin helps the animal with sudden turns and stops, and prevents them from rolling.

Science

 

Knowledge about the natural world based on experiments and observation. Science is when we study the natural world looking for general laws (rules) about how the world works.

Pod

 

A pod, or kauika in Māori, is a small group or school of marine animals, such as whales or dolphins.

Bay

 

A body of water that is partly surrounded by land. Water in a bay is generally calmer than water further out to sea which is not protected by land.

Harbour

 

A place on the coast where ships can safely anchor because it is protected from rough water, wind, and sea currents.

Unique

 

One of a kind. There is no other like it.

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