Environmental Appreciation – 12 Interesting Facts about the Killer Whale

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12 Interesting Facts about the Killer Whale

Sporting its trademark transcendent black and white pattern, the killer whale happens to be one of the most beautiful, awe-worthy toothed whales in the ocean. Their massive size, ravenous diets and striking aesthetics makes them both intimidating and interesting to us humans. However, many populations of killer whale are considered threatened or have been placed on the endangered list due to habitat loss, oceanic pollution or capture for mammal parks. Do your part to reduce ocean pollution and visit here for more information on how to help save the killer whale.

12 Interesting Facts about the Killer Whale:

  1. The killer whale is the largest and most extravagant member of the dolphin family.
  2. They are also known as Orca whales or less commonly as the blackfish.
  3. Killer whales can weigh up to 6 tons and grow to be 32 feet long.
  4. The average lifespan of a wild killer whale is between 50 to 80 years old.
  5. Their diet includes smaller whales, squid, sea lions, fish, sea birds and seals.
  6. They live in a family of up to 40 killer whales called “Pods”.
  7. Killer whales are known for their high intelligence and their organization.
  8. Killer whales become sexually mature at 10 to 15 years of age.
  9. The dorsal fin of the mature male Killer whale is nearly a triangle shape while the females have crescent shaped fins.
  10. There are three types of killer whales living among us – resident, transient and offshore.
  11. Female killer whales have a gestation length of 15 to 18 months, after which they give birth to live young.
  12. Killer whales communicate with each other by using a series of zen-like clicks, whistles and pulse noises.