Killer Whale (Orcinus orca)

Killer whales, also known as orca whales live in coastal waters in the norther areas of the world usually along ice where there prey can be found. They can be seen off the coast of British Columbia all the way to the far reaches of the north where their prey; the Emperor penguin resides. They will come to warmer and shallower waters to have their young.

The killer whale has a thick layer of blubber that keeps it warm in the colder regions of the north. They have a blow hole positioned at the top of their head so that they can breathe without having to lift their head out of the water. Killer whales, when hunting, will rise out of the water to see their prey and any dangers that might be near, this allows them to view life above the water. Their dorsal fin which is as large as 6 feet, allows them to balance when swimming in the water.

Orca whales travel in pods. They are polygamous creatures. After a 15 months of gestation they will give birth to one calf. The calf will be born tail first and once it has been born the mother will help it to reach the surface to breathe. The calf will stay with its mother, swimming close until it is about 3 to 8 years old where it can go off on its own and be able to reproduce its own offspring.

Orca whales feed on various types of fish found in the regions that it inhabits. They will also feed on penguins, seals, squids, sea lions, walruses, birds, sea turtles, otters, polar bears, reptiles, a moose and even other cetaceans such as dolphins if provoked to. Orca whales have even been known to kill sharks that are attacking their young. Killer whales are the largest warm blooded predators ever known.

Body Length 9.14 metres
Tail Length N/A
Wingspan N/A
Life Span 12.00 - 18.00 years
Weight 544.31 kilograms