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30 facts about orca killer whale

30 facts about orca killer whale

  • Marian Stir

1.Killer whales ( Orcinus orca) are the largest members of the dolphin family
2.They are found in all oceans, from the Arctic to Antarctic
3.They are apex predators, meaning they are at the top of the food chain
4.They have complex social structures and communicate with each other using a variety of vocalizations
5.They are highly intelligent and have been observed using tools and exhibiting cultural transmission
6.They hunt in groups, using tactics such as chasing and corralling their prey
7.Their diet is diverse and varies depending on their location, but they primarily eat fish, squid, and marine mammals
8.They have a diverse range of hunting techniques, like working as a team to herd fish, or hunting sea lions by flipping them out of the water
9.They have a distinct dorsal fin, which is taller in males than in females
10.The lifespan of a killer whale is around 50-80 years
11.The females are called cows, the males are called bulls, and the young are called calves
12.They have a strong maternal bond and females will stay with their mothers for their entire lives
13.They have a unique vocal dialect that is specific to their population or group
14.They are known to display acts of altruism, such as protecting injured members of their group
15.They have a very strong memory and can recognize individuals from other pods even after many years
16.They have a very strong sense of echolocation, which they use for hunting and navigation
17.They have a very strong sense of hearing and can hear frequencies higher than humans
18.They have a very strong sense of sight and can see both in the water and in air
19.They are not a single worldwide population, but rather several distinct populations
20.They are found in the coastal waters of every continent except Antarctica
21.They are known to deliberately beach themselves to catch seals
22.They are known to use cooperative hunting techniques
23.They are known to mimic the calls of other marine mammals
24.They are known to carry and play with objects
25.They are known to teach hunting techniques to their offspring
26.They are known to grieve for deceased members of their group
27.They are known to attack and kill great white sharks
28.They are known to steal fish from commercial fishing boats
29.They are not considered a true threat to humans, but have been known to attack boats and humans in captivity
30.They have been hunted for their meat, oil, and other body parts by humans, and their populations have been greatly reduced as a result.