How Fast Can a Killer Whale Swim?
A killer whale can swim at speeds up to around 28mph which is about 45.1km/h. Killer whales will swim at those speeds for short bursts. They usually just cruise at around 8mph which is about 12.9km/h. The body of a male killer whale will be around 6-8 meters long which is about 19.7-26.2 feet long. The body of a female killer whale will be around 5-7 meters long which is about 16.4-23 feet long. As for weight, a male killer whale will weigh around 5,995kg which is about 13,217 pounds. A female killer whale will weigh around 3,048-3,963kg which is about 6,720-8,737 pounds. Killer whales are mammals which means that they are warm blooded. Even though killer whales have the word whale in their name they are actually considered to be a type of dolphin. A killer whale will usually have around 40-56 teeth in total. Killer whales do not chew their food and instead they use their teeth to grab prey and tear them into smaller pieces. Killer whales have excellent hearing and eyesight. Olfactory lobes of the brain and olfactory nerves are absent in killer whales which means that they probably do not have a sense of smell. Killer whales use echolocation for communication and navigation. Killer whales use their blow holes to breath. Under a killer whales skin is a thick layer of blubber which insulates the killer whales body from heat loss. A killer whales diet will vary by where they are from, different population will specialize in different types of prey. The ones who prey on mammals usually stick to mammals while the ones who prey on types of fish stick to types of fish. Some killer whales will eat things like whales and dolphins. Some in other places prefer sea lions and seal, and some will eat birds. Some killer whales have even been known to eat sea turtles or even sharks. Killer whales travel in groups known as pods. The killer whales in these pods will hunt cooperatively. The gestation period for a killer whale is around 17 months. The offspring of a killer whale is referred to as a calf. Killer whales will usually give birth to one calf at a time. The body of a newborn calf will be around 2.6 meters long which is about 8.5 feet long. A newborn killer whale calf will weigh around 120-160kg which is about 265-353 pounds. As for lifespan, a male killer whale will live for around 29-60 years in the wild. A female killer whale will live for about 50-90 years.