Orca

Where can I see the Orca

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A Killer Whale is a toothed whale that eats fish, birds, squid and other marine mammals. They are part of the dolphin family which includes killer whales , pilot whales, false killer whales and bottlenose dolphins.

This animal is one of the largest predators in the world's oceans. It has many names like "orcas" or "killer whales." The scientific name for this animal is Orcinus orca . Orcas are actually dolphins not true whales. A Killer Whale averages 8-9 meters (26-30 feet) long but can weigh up to 6 tons!

The Killer Whale has a distinctive black body with white patches around its eyes and mouth. It has a grey to black dorsal fin with light grey or white markings on the underside.

They live in pods of up to 12 animals (although usually smaller) that consist of various family members including mothers, grandmothers, sisters, brothers and children. The animal is very intelligent and hunts in groups which makes it much more powerful than other animals.

Animal population
100,000
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IUCN Classification
Data Deficient (DD)
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Geeky Facts about the Orca

Fact 1

Orcas are the only known non-human animal to have evolved based on culture.

Fact 2

Orca clans speak different languages.

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Orcas are the largest member of the dolphin family.

Tours where I can see the Orca

Vinson
Vinson

Vinson

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Antarctica
Tour Type
Small group
Activity Level
5 - Challenging

18 days from

$47,495 / person

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Antarctica Classic
Antarctica Classic

Antarctica Classic

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Antarctica, Argentina
Tour Type
Small group
Activity Level
2 - Light

11 days from

£4799 / person

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