Pod of orcas breaching out of the ocean
Orca. ©Tim Hauf, timhaufphotography.com.

Quick Facts
Type: Mammal

Diet: Carnivore: Fish, squid, seals, sea lions, whales

Average lifespan: 60–80 years

Average size: Males: 23–30 ft.; Females: 20–26 ft.

Average weight: Males: 6 tons; Females: 3–4 tons

Did You Know?
Orcas hunt in packs similar to wolves. This style of hunting allows them to track and kill larger animals, including gray and minke whales.

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Last updated: November 9, 2018