Killer Whale

Killer whale is the name of a large porpoise.  It gets its name from the popular belief that it is a blood-thirsty killer.

It has a glossy black back and a white underside.  These creatures often measure 30 feet in length and can weigh 10 tons.

Killer whales get their name from the widely held belief that they will attack any creature in the sea – and, like man, are some of the few animals that kill for sport.

Though they have the reputation as killers, killer whales have not been known to attack swimming men or boats.  Killer whales often hunt in packs, and will attack other whales many times their own size.

Their mouths and throats are big enough to swallow seals, penguins, and young walruses whole.  Only the tusked adult walrus holds the killer at bay.

When killer whales see a seal on a floating chunk of ice, they rush up under the ice and crash into it, knocking the victim into the water.  Killer whales also feed on fish and even sea birds.

Killer whales are found in all the oceans of the world, but prefer to live in the cold arctic and Antarctic waters. – Dick Rogers