Orco

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Orco
Orco the Killer Whale.png
Species Killer Whale
First appearance Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (2004)
Latest appearance New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat (2008)

Orco (known as Shachee in Japanese and the British GameCube version) is a large blue killer whale and a Jungle Buddy in Donkey Kong Jungle Beat. Orco's name comes from "Orca", the official name of the killer whale.

Orco is generally found simply wandering around aimlessly. Donkey Kong can approach Orco and grab on to his dorsal fin to ride him. Like Enguarde, Orco can smash through underwater barriers. He can also leap out of the water and reach heights.

The New Play Control! version specifically refers to Orco as "he", officially identifying him as male. Despite this, Orco has several traits that are more commonly associated with real-world female killer whales. Most notably, Orco's dorsal fin resembles the shorter, more curved one of a female killer whale as opposed to the longer, triangular dorsal fin of a male killer whale. Additionally, several smaller killer whales follow behind Orco, which is a trait shared with real world dolphins. This is a similar case to another aquatic Animal Friend, Glimmer, who is referred to as male despite resembling a female anglerfish.

Official descriptions[edit]

“Swim swiftly through the seas!”
Donkey Kong Jungle Beat instruction booklet
“He'll swim along a set path very quickly. If you want to let Orco go, press A Button, B Button, or Nunchuk Z Button.”
New Play Control! Donkey Kong Jungle Beat instruction booklet

Names in other languages[edit]

Language Name Meaning
Japanese シャッチー
Shacchī
Shachee, a pun on シャチ (Shachi), the Japanese word for "killer whale".