Orca (Orcinus orca)

Zoological classification:
realm: animals
phylum: Chordaanimals (Chordata)
subphylum: vertebrate (Vertebrata)
class: mammals (Mammalia)
order: whales (Cetacea)
suborder: toothed whales (Odontoceti)
family: Delphinidae
subfamily: Pilot & Killer Whales (Globicephalinae)

Habitat: worldwide near costs and offshore, often in cold waters and not more than 800km far from the cost

Lenght: up to 29'3'' (9m)

Weight: 1179-4082lb (2,6-9t)

Life expectancy: in the wild male 29 years (up to 50-60 years) and female 50 years (up to 80-90 years)

food: fish and other marine mammals

group size: 2-5 but also up to 50 animals

new generation: normally 4 young, exception 2

Submerged depth: 325' (100m) but up to 1462'6'' (450m)

dipping duration: 5-15 Min

other characteristics: The orca might be better known as killerwhale. But until now there are no known situations, that a freeliving orca had killed a person. The most significant outward characteristics are the white marks around the eyes and on the belly and the big fin which gave it the german name "Schwertwal" (swordwhale). The males' fin can be up to 6'6'' (2m).

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