Orca Whales are thelargest of the dolphins.
Beluga Whale Classification:
Other Names: Killer Whale, Orca, Blackfish,
Grampus and Killer
Orca Whale in Foreign Languages:
Dutch: Orka / Zwaardwalvis
French: épaulard / Orque
Gaelic: Cana / Mada-chuain
German: Schwertwal / Möderwal
Hungarian: Kardszárnyú Delfin
Japanese: Shachi / Sakamata
Mandarin: Nìjijing / Hujing
Turkish: Katil Balina
Description: Orca whales have a distinctive
black and white patch coloration. An orca's
head is rounded, and it does not have a distinct
beak. There is a white spot above or behind
the eye. Behind the orca's dorsal fin is a grey
saddle patch. The orca whale's belly, lower
jaw and the underside of the tail flukes are
white, the remainder of the whale's body is
Size: Adult Orca whales weigh 2.6-9
tons and they measure from 18 - 32.25 feet in
length. Male orca whales are larger than their
Habitat: Orca whales are found in all
of the world's oceans. They are most frequently
found in the cold waters of the Arctic, and
the Antarctic. Orca whales are found in both
the deep open ocean waters and the coastal waters.
Diet: Orca whales are carnivores they
eat salmon, seals, sea lions, other whales,
birds, and penguins. Orca whales eat approximately
3% - 4% of their body weight in food a day.
Communication: Like all cetaceans,
orca whales depend heavily on underwater
sound for orientation, feeding, and communication.
Orca whales produce three distincitive
types of sounds: clicks, whistles, and
Did You Know?
Next to humans, orcas are the
most widely distributed mammal.
Gestation: Orca whales carry their young
for 17 months.