these are probably one of the most beautiful creatures i know of. the killer whale has been my favorite animal for as long as i can remember.
so, i figured i might share a couple facts about them.
1. did you know that killer whales aren’t called killer whales because they murder humans? yes, they are the shark of under-water mammals (carnivores), but there are few cases of them harming an actual human with those few being accidents in places where they are held in captivity. but of course, what wild animal should ever be kept in captivity? wild animals held in captivity are going to have accidents, no matter what animal or how it is cared for.
why are they called killer whales then? because, like i said, they are carnivores, and do eat things such as seals, penguins, and other such creatures. but no, they do not eat humans.
2. did you know that they are one of the few animals that actually live longer when they are NOT held in captivity? it has actually been proven that orca’s can live up to 60 years while in the wild, unlike those in captivity that can live about 25 years if that. also, those that are in captivity, when released, do not survive due to the fact that their immune systems can not handle the bacteria that hardly cause much of an issue for a wild orca. because their immune systems become accustomed to captivity life, they lose their strength in a sense. imagine yourself living in a completely sanitary box with no connections to the outside world, and then released to… say a city such as new york. yeah, your going to get sick. therefore, it is a sad fact that those in captivity will never see the wild… :/ people have tried, but killer whales have died in the poor effort to help them.
3. they are also not whales at all, funny as it seems. but killer whales are apart of the dolphin family. (:
4. a female orca has children about once every 5 years. crazy right? no, they do not breed like most animals.
thanks flickr for the image.