With their spindle-like shape and beautiful, crisp black and white markings, killer whales are striking and unmistakable.
The maximum length of killer whales is 32 feet in males and 27 feet in females. They can weigh up to 11 tons (22,000 pounds). All killer whales have dorsal fins, but the male’s is larger than females, sometimes reaching 6 feet tall.
Like many other Odontocetes, killer whales live in organized family groups, called pods, which range in size from 10-50 whales. Individuals are identified and studied using their natural markings, which include a grayish-white “saddle” behind the whale’s dorsal fin.
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