KILLER WHALE FACTS
The Killer Whale is the largest member of the dolphin family. It ids mostly black above and white underneath. The back and pectoral flippers are black, except for the gray saddle area located just behind the dorsal fin. The underside is mostly white. The undersides of the tail flukes are fringed with black. There is white patch above and slightly behind each eye. Males are larger and have taller more pointed dorsal fin.
Length: males up to 9m; females up to 7.7m
open ocean, they approach the shore when attracted by food sources.
Fish and squid. Some populations feed on marine mammals, including sea lions, seals
A single calf is born after a gestation period of about 12 months. The young are about 2m long at birth.
All oceans. Most common in Arctic and Antarctic waters.
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
The conservation status in the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals is "lower risk/conservation dependent".
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