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Killer whale

Orcinus orca

Depth 6m
Orcinus orca

About this species

The killer whale is the largest of all dolphins. It has a robust black body with a distinct white patch behind the eye that will vary in shape depending on the type of killer whale. There is a grey saddle located behind the dorsal fin which is also variable in shape. The underside is white along the length of the body and extends to the flank in a lobe at two thirds the way along. They have blunt nose (rostrum), large round flippers and broad flukes. The dorsal fin differs in the sexes, with males having a large tall triangular dorsal fin up to 1.8 m tall and females having a smaller curved dorsal fin. The blow is medium sized and bushy. Read more…

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