The Killer Whale

killer whale

The Killer Whale

Black and white skin markings make this the most easily recognized toothed whale.

It is a highly social whale, living in long – lasting family groups called pods, which consist of grown up males and females, and calves of various ages. Pods usually number up to 30 individuals, but groups of up to one hundred and fifty whales occur when pods come together to make a superpods. Pods are matriarchal and both male and female calves tend to stay with their mother for life. When the young reproduce, their offspring remain to build up multi-generational groupings around the original mother. Its length is up to 30ft or 9m. Its weight is about up to ten tons. Its diet consists mainly of fish seals. It lives worldwide in the oceans.

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