COSEWIC Status Reports

COSEWIC Assessment and Update Status Report on the Killer Whale Orcinus orca in Canada

Killer Whales, or Orcas Orcinus orca, are easily identified by their tall, triangular dorsal fin and their distinctive black and white colouration. Only one species is recognized, but the taxonomy of Orcinus is a subject of ongoing debate.


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COSEWIC Secretariat
c/o Canadian Wildlife Service
Environment Canada
Ottawa, ON
K1A 0H3
Tel: 819-938-4125
Fax: 819-938-3984
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