Orcas, or killer whales, are the largest of thedolphins and one of the
Facts:• Weight: 22,000 pounds.• Length : 32 feet.• Appearance: Black on top with white undersidesand white patches near their eyes.• Life Span: Males typically live about30 years, but Females can live aslong as50-60 years.• Diet: Fish, squid, sea lions, and
Communication:• Killer whales produce 3 categories of sounds:1.Clicks – navigation, objects in the surrounding environment, and for prey.2.Whistles – social activities3.Pulsed calls – vocalization
Sexual Maturity: Sexual maturity of a femalekiller whale is achieved whenthe wale reach lengths of 15-18 feet, and may give birth at any time. Calves are nursed for about 1 year and may be
Killer whales are mostabundant in colderwaters, includingAntarctica, Norway, andAlaska. Killer whales arefound in all parts of theoceans and in most seasfrom the Arctic to theAntarctic.
Classification:• Resident orcas are lovable and live in large family-centered pods that tend to stay in one area. They are the star attraction at SeaWorld.• Transient orcas are often found in long- term stable social units They are quiet and very sneaky, not many scientists know much about these particular group.