Interestingly, the International Union for the Conservation of Nature currently classifies the killer what as data deficient in regards to their population numbers because of the belief that there are actually multiple killer whale species. Overarchingly, they are believed to be densely populated due to their enormous range, although some local populations are considered threatened or endangered, primarily due to habitat degradation and a loss of suitable prey.
- Recommended Age: 3
6.63" L x
3.12" H x
17 cm x
NAME: Killer Whale (Orcinus orca) CLASS: Mammalia ORDER: Cetacea FAMILY: Delphinidae AVERAGE LENGTH: 25 ft (7.5 m) AVERAGE WEIGHT: 3 t (2722 kg) HABITAT: Coastal and open waters of all seas SCALE: 1:50 Killer whales are like wolves of the sea. Killer whales hunt together in packs, much like wolves. When a pack comes upon a school of fish, they encircle it, then herd the fish together so each whale can take its turn feeding. Killer whales eat other animals too. They can overpower sharks, birds, seals, and dolphins, even gray whales.