Killer Whale

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Design

Killer whales live in groups called pods. Sometimes the members of the pod will hunt together, surrounding large prey and forcing it into a smaller area before attacking. This hunting technique was likely not part of the original whale kind at creation since all animals were vegetarian until after the Fall of man.

Features

  • The killer whale is easily recognized by its black body, white lower jaw and belly, and white patch directly behind the eye.
  • Killer whales are the largest member of the dolphin family.
  • The most conspicuous external feature of this species is its tall dorsal fin, which can be seen from a great distance.

Fun Facts

  • A newborn killer whale calf averages 8 ft (2.4 m) in length and weighs 300–400 lbs (135–180 kg).
  • The largest male killer whale known weighed 22,000 lbs (10,000 kg).
  • The killer whale is the fastest swimming mammal, attaining speeds up to 30 mph (48 km/h).
  • Killer whales survive long periods of time in captivity, and they are easily trained to perform awe-inspiring feats.

CLASS: Mammalia (mammals)

ORDER: Cetacea (dolphins, porpoises, and whales)

FAMILY: Delphinidae (dolphins, killer whales, pilot whales, and relatives)

GENUS/SPECIES: Orcinus orca

Size: Male 19–30 ft (5.8–9.5 m); female 16–22 ft (4.9–7 m)

Weight: Male 8,000–16,000 lbs (3,600–7,300 kg);

female 3,000–8,000 lbs (1,400–3,600 kg)

Diet: Fish, marine mammals, sea turtles, and birds

Habitat: Worldwide distribution, but more common in the colder regions of the Arctic and Antarctic