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Killer Whale


Scientific Name:
Orcinus orca
Length:
5-7m (16-23 ft)
Weight:
3629Kg (8000 lbs)
Status:
edangered
Prey:
fish, squid, birds, and marine mammals

killer-whale


Physical characteristics

black back, white chest and sides, and a white patch above and behind the eye

Behavioral characterization

foraging, hunting, resting , socializing, traveling

Distribution

all oceans, most seas, high latitude, coastal areas

Population size

50,000

Predators

Humans

Migration/Dispersal patterns

Migrate up to 160 km, but the patterns are unclear after years of research.

Social system/Group size

Residents stay with their mothers their entire life, group sizes range for family size ~6 animals

Major threats

Whaling and toxins in the water

Research efforts

Hard to research due to large range, but sysematic surveys are done often to estimate disribution.

Fun fact

Although they are called whales, Killer whales are actually dolphins. Killer whales have been known to attack Great White Sharks (and win).