Orcas feed on fish, squid, birds, and marine mammals. Like dolphins, orcas use echolocation – bouncing sound off of objects to determine their location – to hunt and use a series of high-pitched clicks to stun prey.
The orca’s large size and strength make it among the fastest marine mammals, able to reach speeds in excess of 35mph!
Members of orca pods very often work together to catch a meal. Pod members sometimes will force many fish into one area and then take turns feeding or will beach (slide out of the water onto the shore) themselves to scare seals or penguins into the water, where other killer whales are waiting to feed.
Official worldwide populations of orcas are currently unknown, but likely not to be less than 50,000 individuals.
Many orcas live with their mothers for their entire lives!
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