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Killer Whale Facts

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The killer whale, or Orcinus orca, is one of the most beautiful animals in the world. A killer whale is a very large animal that can be more than fifteen feet in length upon maturity. The large dorsal fin on the whale is used to allow a whale to stabilize its movements. It can be up to six feet high for a male and four feet high for a female. The birthing period for a killer whale can take a while. It will take sixteen months for a female to produce and give birth. After this the mother will nurse the newborn for a year. The teeth that a killer whale has for eating fish and various marine mammals are very large. A whale can have about forty to sixty teeth with these teeth being up to three inches long and one inch in diameter. These teeth will have a great deal of food each day because a whale can eat about five percent of its weight per day. Whales use echolocation to locate their pray by sending echo waves and waiting for the sound to bounce back from the object. Killer whales can be found foraging for food, traveling around the water and resting by slowing down in the water. All of these activities are generally done in groups. Interesting fact about killer whales is that female are the dominant figure in the pod and they usually outnumber males. Male whales average 30 years lifespan while females can live up to 80 years. Interestingly these killer moms have excellent baby sitting organization.
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17 Comments

  1. Whales wears bathing suits as well. I see whales almost everyday down at the beach. Sometimes I see a group of enviromentalists trying to push one of these whales in bathing suit back into the water saying: Come on, she is still breathing; push, push her back into the water. Eheheheh

  2. can i just say that something on this page is incorrect as a killer whale is actually a species of dolphin they’re called killer whales because whales are there primary prey

  3. ok i think killer whales are the coolest whales my class is having a report and we got to pic a anamal that lives only in the water so i yeld and said i call killer whales i mean i almost screamed it out so this website had some great information

  4. Killer Whales, are my favorite water animal, I clicked on the photo, then it came to this web site. Killer whales are beautiful, sad part is fishers think the oppisite and go with the money. :'( I hope people think killer whales are awesome to. By the way, human thought killer whales eat human, they don’t they eat sea creatures and then thats when I think they got the name orca, I like it better the killer whales. 😀

  5. killer whales rock.Killer whales are my favourite animals in the sea because they have kill in there names

  6. Katmain wrote:
    ok i think killer whales are the coolest whales my class is having a report and we got to pic a anamal that lives only in the water so i yeld and said i call killer whales i mean i almost screamed it out so this website had some great information

    KILLER WHALES ARE DOLPHINS YOU IDIOT!!!

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