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Top and SideWelcome! This is a page on Orcas, but you probably know them best as Killer Whales. I was inspired to build this page after watching a movie many people may remember from their child hood, "Free Willy", his real name was Keiko. We also know another Orca by name and that is Shamu, I will see if I can find his story as well..

An Orca, or Killer Whale is a toothed whale what is an extremly good predator, they have even been known to attack huge, young blue whales. Their only real enemy is humans. Orcas living in small, close-knit familes called pods and have a blow hole. Though many people call Orcas whales, they are actually dolphins and are the largest of the species. Orcas are often called the Wolf of the sea because they behave simalar to the species.

Orcas can grow to be 27-33 feet long and weigh in the neighborhood of 8,000-12,000 pounds. Like many animals, the males are larger than the females.

Orcas are mostly black with distinctive white patches and have a stocky body with a rounded head and Teeth!distinctive beak. They have a tall, sickel-shaped dorsal fin and large, paddle like flippers. Dorsal fins on males can get up to 6 foot tall and more up right than a females fin which can only get up to 4 feet tall. They have about 40-52 teeth in their mouth. The teeth churve inwards and backwards to help the orca eat it's dinner! The average tooth is 3 inches long and about 1 inch in diameter, though some are longer.

An orca's diet usually consist of fish, squid, sharks, marine mammals (including whales and seals) turtles, octapus, and birds. Members of a pod frequently cooperate in hunts. An average-sized orca will eat 551 pounds of food a day.

A pod can consist of 6-40 whales and are close-knit family members. They hunt together, protect the young, sick and injured, and are all together very social animals.

Orcas can dive up to 100 feet (30 meters). They love to breach and spyhop as well as tail slap. They can also swim up to 30 mph (48 km) in bursts in order to catch their food.

A Pod of Orcas

Orcas vocalize using clicks, echolocation, whistles, and scream-like pulses. Different pods have distinctive sounds so members can locate their own pod.

Orcas live in waters ranging from tropical to artic, and in both costal and deep oceanic waters, found in most oceans or seas. Sometimes they can be found in estuaries, but they do not venture far from the sea.

This species is currently in no danger of becoming extinct, as they have a large population.