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Tourists on Dolphin tour see Killer Whale family off the coast of Olhão (Video)

orcaA group of orcas, commonly known as killer whales, was spotted yesterday morning, off the coast of Olhão, in a dolphin watching tour promoted by the company Ria Formosa Tours.  

The group of about 15 animals, including adults and a few pups, was spotted for several minutes about two miles off the coast in front of Fuzeta's new bar, the company said on its Facebook page.  

The orcas surprised the dolphin-seeking tourists aboard the Airo boat, guided by skippers João Veiga and João Neto, both students of marine biology.

The family is believed to be heading west on their annual migration pattern. Orcas are sighted, albeit rarely, off the coast of the Algarve in the summer months.

Orcas are members of the dolphin family. After mankind, they are the species of mammal that occupies the second largest geographical area on planet earth. 
Their food is based on fish, molluscs, birds, turtles, sharks or seals, and they can weigh up to nine tons.

Video can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/watch/?v=362562304422488


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0 #1 Kermit 2019-08-25 07:28
Regarding the name, killer whale, previous Ed pointed out last August 'They were referred to as "whale killers" by sailors who witnessed their attacks on larger cetaceans, and over time this name has mutated to "killer whales."'

Just saying....

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