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Often referred to as a “killer whale,” the orca is actually a member of the dolphin family. It’s the largest dolphin known in the world right now. What makes the orca unique is that even though they are one species, they can have many different hunting habits.

Based on how local prey reacts, orcas have been observed circling, beaching, and other unique hunting behaviors that are not observed in every pod because they adapt to the local environment.

Interesting Facts About Orcas

#1. Orcas are considered to be an “apex predator.” This means there are no natural predators which may attack them for food. Because of this, orcas tend to hunt in groups, called a “pod,” and their reputation is quite fierce. This is why the Spanish called them ballena asesina, or “Assassin Whale,” which is how we get the name “killer whale.”

#2. Orcas are naturally large creatures. They can be up to 30 feet in length and average about 6 tons in total weight. The largest orca ever discovered actually weight 11 tons, which is the equivalent of 22,000 pounds – twice what the average orca weighs.

#3. Every orca is a carnivore. They typically prefer to eat fish, but aren’t afraid to go catch a seal from time to time. They tend to co-exist with sharks, but aren’t afraid to attack one if they are hungry or need to defend one of their young.

#4. Orcas are very social creatures. The pods are always headed by the oldest female of the group. It takes a minimum of three orcas to form a pod, but there isn’t a maximum number that is currently known. Researchers have observed orca pods that number in the hundreds. This makes it possible for a pod to consist of up to five generations of the same family.

#5. An orca has incredible hearing. Like many sea creatures, they practice echolocation as part of their hunting process. This allows them to have better hearing than a bat. They also have a strong sense of sight, but are not believed to possess the sense of smell.

#6. Orcas have one of the most complex languages in the animal kingdom. Like other dolphins, they produce clicks and whistles, but they make other sounds as they communicate as well. Orcas have been observed snapping their jaws and creating a popping sound in the bass frequencies. Each pod has a unique call as well, which is taught to their young soon after birth.

#7. The orca brain never completely shuts down. Half of their brain sleeps at a time, allowing the orca to be able to surface in order to breathe.

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There are currently more than 50 orcas that are held in captivity in the world today. About half of them were captured in the wild. Several countries have passed laws which prohibit holding orcas in captivity. These are the top web cams which can help you see how orcas live in the wild.

View Cracroft Point Surface Killer Whale Webcam.

View OrcaLab: Hanson Island Killer Whale Cam.

One of the top locations to view orcas in the wild is in Puget Sound, Washington.

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Alpaca Webcams

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Alpacas have been domesticated for more than 6,000 years. In many civilizations, the fleece of the alpaca was used as a sign of socioeconomic status. You couldn’t wear clothing made from this fleece unless you were either royalty, a noble, or carried some other elite status.

They are related to llamas and other similar animals, but they are also related to camels that are found in Africa and Asia.

Interesting Facts About Alpacas

#1. Alpaca fleece is prized because it has many superior qualities. It is extremely water-resistant and mimics cotton in many aspects. This makes it warmer to wear in cooler climates. It is also heat-resistant, meeting the standards of Class 1 fibers without needing any additional treatment. It lacks the itch of wool thanks to its lack of lanolin, which means it is also a hypo-allergenic product as well.

#2. Alpacas have only two primary species that are recognized in the world today: Huacaya and Suri. Hyacaya alpacas tend to have fleece that is extremely dense, which gives them an appearance that can only be described as “wooly.” Suri alpacas tend to have a fleece that grows longer and with curls that are not as tight.

#3. The textile industry recognizes 16 different colors of alpaca fleece. Blended colors can be made from combining two or more different colors together. This means most alpaca clothing products contain little, if any, textile dyes.

#4. Llamas and alpacas can be bred together. Their offspring is called a “huarizo,” which will produce even longer fleece than either parent.

#5. A curious trait for alpacas involves how they go to the bathroom. Alpacas don’t just drop waste everywhere like most other animals. They use a communal pile instead where everyone in the pack goes. This makes it possible to house train the animal.

#6. Alpacas are not as social as llamas, so they can be kept on their own. They’re often sold in pairs, however, and usually paired with the same gender. Selling breeding pairs is an uncommon practice because this limits the genetic potential for the buyer in time.

#7. Alpacas hum just like cats will purr. They do this any time they are experiencing an emotion. Even negative emotions, such as worry, can cause an alpaca to start humming.

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Some alpaca farms allow for visitors to stop by whenever they wish. If a farm is not close to you, then viewing an alpaca webcam like these is your next best option. Because most webcams are setup by independent private farmers, the streams may not always be consistent or available.

View Stargazer Ranch Alpacas Cam.

View Island Alpaca Co., Martha’s Vineyard Cam.

Alpacas may have useful fleece, but it is their personalities that draw people to them.

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Walrus Webcams

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The walrus has a distinctive look with the whiskers and tusks. Those tusks can reach up to 3 feet in length and in the world of the walrus, size does matter.

Those with the longest tusks tend to receive higher levels of social status, but those with broken tusks will generally never reach alpha status. They’re strong enough to use for climbing purposes and polar bears even find it difficult to attach a walrus with tusks that are long enough.

Interesting Facts About Walruses

#1. The mouth of the walrus acts in the same way a vacuum cleaner works thanks to its whiskers. As the whiskers push aside sand, dirt, and silt, the walrus “sucks” using its mouth to root out clams and other shellfish. It can then pry open the shells with its lips and tongue and remove the contents inside. Just one walrus can consume over 4,000 shellfish in a single feeding session.

#2. Walruses like to work hard and play harder. When they are out at sea, it is not unusual for a walrus to stay away for 100 consecutive hours. As soon as they hit land, they’ll sleep the day away on their backs to avoid any tusk disturbances. A walrus on land might only be awake for 5 hours during the day.

#3. The heart of the walrus can recognize the depth of a dive and adjust circulation to adapt to the pressures and lack of oxygen 300 feet or deeper. This gives the walrus more oxygen and energy so the dive can be completed when they are hunting.

#4. Walruses are known to hunt down larger prey than shellfish. Smaller seals are also potential food sources, as well as any other suspecting creature of a similar size out in the ocean.

#5. If you see a group of walruses together, this is called a “herd.” Most herds tend to prefer the habitats that can be found around the Arctic Circle. They’ll venture further south in order to access food, especially during the colder months of the year when ice flows also begin to float south.

#6. Walruses segregate their herds based on gender. It is only when mating season comes along will the two genders come together to form one very large herd.

#7. Walrus calves weigh about as much as a human when they are born, averaging about 70 kilograms at birth. It takes about 16 months for the gestation cycle to complete and it always occurs during the spring migration for the herd. Baby walruses can swim immediately after birth. Male walruses stay with their mothers for up to 3 years before they join the male herd.

Live Walrus Cams

 Walruses are smart, curious, and playful animals. These webcams will let you watch them right now.

View Round Island, Alaska Walrus Cam.

View Indianapolis Zoo Walrus Cam.

Encountering a walrus in a zoo can be a lot of fun because of their engaging personalities. Walruses in the wild tend to act the same way.

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