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Semi-protected edit request on 21 February 2016[edit]

202.161.66.18 (talk) 22:20, 21 February 2016 (UTC)orcas can live up to 115 years in the wild and 14 years in captivity

No reliable source provided.--JOJ Hutton 22:29, 21 February 2016 (UTC)

Semi-protected edit request on 6 March 2016[edit]

They can Harm people in captivity as a orca named Tilikum killed 3 people including Dawn Brancheau

Reyaan1234 (talk) 22:12, 6 March 2016 (UTC)

Red question icon with gradient background.svg Not done: it's not clear what changes you want to be made. Please mention the specific changes in a "change X to Y" format. Cannolis (talk) 23:05, 6 March 2016 (UTC)

Prey depletion - a source[edit]

The article could do with something about competition with fisheries, or maybe that needs its own article. Here's one source:

Fisheries also have a major, albeit difficult to quantify, indirect impact on cetaceans. Most whales and dolphins feed opportunistically on a variety of fish and cephalopod species. However, schooling fish, such as herring, mackerel and sand eel, are often preferred prey. Over-exploitation of fish stocks and their subsequent dramatic declines impose major threats to marine predators dependent upon them for food. Such a reduction in prey availability may be seen as a form of habitat degradation.
In fact, most of the cetacean species commonly occurring in the Agreement Area (short-beaked common dolphin, bottlenose dolphin, harbour porpoise, killer whale, Atlantic white-sided dolphin and white-beaked dolphin) are vulnerable to prey depletion. This is especially true for populations with restricted or localized coastal distributions (see e.g. Perrin, Würsig & Thewissen (Eds.) 2009. Encyclopaedia of Marine Mammals. Second Edition). Shifts in diet corresponding to a decline in abundance of preferred fish species have e.g. been observed in harbour porpoises in Scottish waters and the southern North Sea and in other parts of the world outside of the ASCOBANS Area.

from ASCOBANS:Agreement on the Conservation of Small Cetaceans in the Baltic, North East Atlantic, Irish and North Seas [1] Carbon Caryatid (talk) 13:32, 18 March 2016 (UTC)

Capture for marine mammal theme parks being a cause for altering status to endangered or threatened[edit]

The third article says "Some local populations are considered threatened or endangered due to prey depletion, habitat loss, pollution (by PCBs), capture for marine mammal parks, and conflicts with human fisheries. "

NOAA estimates whale populations to be at 50,000 [1]and only about 150 whales have been captured since 1961[2]. To say that capture for marine mammal parks contributes to endangering killer whales seems out of touch with actual numbers.

Additionally, the author does not provide a source for such a statement. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Shadeofmyheart (talkcontribs) 03:06, 28 March 2016 (UTC)

Orca vs Killer Whale[edit]

The name "killer whale" is a slander, insinuating that these creatures are in essence murderers and we should think of them that way. People learning about them for the first time are likely to form their opinion under a negative impression. In fact these whales are highly developed beings with language and complex societies, they play and amuse themselves, care for each other and mourn their dead. They recognise each other as individuals and they can also recognise and form friendships with individual humans. There is so much to these whales beyond their biological need to take down prey and eat. Humans meanwhile harm and kill creatures often on a whim, such as weeds or insects, yet we do not call ourselves "killer humans". It would be a slander to paste any animal with the name, but to do it to these whales is a travesty, and the negative impression could thwart mankind's relationship with and respect for them. It is not activism, but an objective justice, to demand that this article be titled Orca, and introduce the whale to Wikipedia's readership without bias. — Preceding unsigned comment added by 66.87.67.103 (talk) 17:48, 23 June 2016 (UTC)

I love these animals and think they are amazing but this is some cringe-worthy stuff right here.*Treker (talk) 14:34, 8 July 2016 (UTC)