Did you know
March is dolphin awareness month! Today we’re going to be spotlighting one of the most unexpected member of the dolphin family – the Killer whale! Killer whales, or Orca whale, is the largest
member of the dolphin family. They can be anywhere from 23 to 32 feet long and weigh up to 6 tons! They are carnivorous mammals, which means the majority of their diet is meat. Orca whales live in pods of up to 40, which allows for some extreme group hunting techniques! Each pod has their own distinct noises that the other members are able to detect from far away.
Orca whales use something called echolocation to communicate with each other and to help them hunt better! Echolocation is also called bio sonar. When whales use echolocation, they send out a call and listen for echos that are bouncing off of nearby objects. This allows them to have a better sense of their environment, which in turn allows them to be better hunters. They also use echolocation to communicate with other whales! Bats are another example of mammals who use echolocation.
Here are some other facts about Orca whales that you might not know!
- They can live anywhere from 50 to 80 years.
- Orca whales swim around 40 miles per day and can dive 100 to 500 feet multiple times in a day.
- They can eat up to 300 lbs in a day!