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  Pygmy Killer Whale - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The Pygmy Killer Whale (Feresa attenuata) is a small, rarely-seen cetacean of the oceanic dolphin family (Delphinidae).
In fact, "killer" may be a more apt name in the case of the Pygmy Killer Whale than its larger genetic cousin.
The Pygmy Killer is of average size amongst dolphins (a little larger and heavier than a grown man) and may easily be confused at sea with other species, in particular the Melon-headed Whale.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Pygmy_Killer_Whale   (519 words)

 Killer Whale (Orcinus orca)
Killer whales have 46 to 50 cone-shaped teeth that interlock and are used to tear and grasp.
The killer whale is found in all the oceans of the world.
Killer whales hunt as a pack and are able to take down much larger animals.
www.thebigzoo.com /Animals/Killer_Whale.asp   (286 words)

 Orca - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The name "killer whale" reflects the animal's reputation as a magnificent and fearsome sea mammal that goes as far back as Pliny the Elder's description of the species.
Today it is recognized that the Orca is neither a whale (except in the broad sense that all cetaceans are whales) nor a danger to humans.
Furthermore, the killer in "killer whale" is often wrongly assumed to imply that the creature is a killer of humans, an attitude amplified by an unfortunate movie seeking to capitalize from the buzz from Jaws (1975).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Killer_whale   (4313 words)

 False Killer Whale - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The False Killer Whale (Pseudorca crassidens) is a cetacean and one of the larger members of the oceanic dolphin family (Delphinidae).
The False Killer Whale has not been extensively studied in the wild by scientists - much of the data about the dolphin has been derived by examining stranded animals.
The False Killer Whale is a social animal - it lives in groups of 10-50.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/False_Killer_Whale   (553 words)

 Killer Whales: Physical Characteristics
Male killer whales, or bulls, average 5.8 to 6.7 m (19-22 ft.) and usually weigh between 3,628 and 5,442 kg (8,000-12,000 lb.).
Killer whales are counter-shaded; they are dark on their dorsal surface and white on their ventral surface.
For male killer whales, dorsal fin growth is thought to be a secondary sexual characteristic as peak growth of the fin coincides approximately with the onset of sexual maturity.
www.seaworld.org /infobooks/KillerWhale/physchkw.html   (808 words)

 Discovering Whales - The Killer Whale
The Killer whale is the largest member of the dolphin family.
For most populations of Killer whales the diet appears to be primarily fish such as salmon and cod, and squid.
While early whaling practices have accounted for Killer whale deaths and indeed many other small cetaceans, it is defined as 'subsistance' or 'aboriginal' whaling and refers to the catching of whales from small boats (or from the beach) to satisfy material and cultural needs in local communities.
www.omplace.com /omsites/discover/ORCA/orcag.html   (741 words)

 Ask Shamu: Killer Whale   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Male killer whales average 22 to 27 feet 96.7 to 8.2 m) and usually weigh between 8,000 and 12,000 pounds (3,628 to 5,442 kg).
As a male killer whale grows to adulthood it gains weight, and its pectoral flippers, dorsal fin and tail flukes grow larger than those of females.
A: Killer whales are among the fastest swimming mammals in the sea.
www.seaworld.org /ask-shamu/marine%20mammals/whales/toothed/dolphins/killer-whale.htm   (466 words)

 Detailed Information about Killer Whales   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Killer whale pods are based on the lineage of the mother (mothers, daughters, and sons form groups); the whales live and travel with their mothers even after they are full-grown, forming strongly matriarchal whale societies.
Killer whales are extremely distinctive with jet-fl bodies and white patches usually over the eyes, under the jaw, on the belly, and extending onto their sides.
Killer whales have been hunted by humans but not with enthusiasm as it takes 21 killer whales to produce the same amount of oil as 1 sperm whale.
nmml.afsc.noaa.gov /education/cetaceans/killer2.htm   (621 words)

 WWF-UK: Killer whale
The killer whale is a member of the dolphin family and belongs to a group of animals called cetaceans, which includes whales, dolphins and porpoises.
Killer whales do not usually breed until they are about 15 years old, and females tend to stop breeding when they are about 40.
Much of the fish that the killer whale consumes is heavily polluted, and the killer whale is reported to be among the most contaminated marine mammals in the world.
www.wwf.org.uk /core/wildlife/fs_0000000023.asp   (619 words)

 Species at risk - Killer Whale
Killer Whales are cosmopolitan, having been observed in all oceans of the world, but they generally concentrate in colder regions and in areas of high productivity.
Although the largest fisheries of whales were discontinued in the early 1980s and 1990s, small numbers are probably still taken.Among the natural factors that may be limiting the whale's populations are periodic events such as mass strandings or entrapments in narrow inlets or ice, which have the potential to drastically reduce numbers locally.
Killer Whales are considered "small cetaceans" by the International Whaling Commission (IWC), which means that some IWC management measures (e.g., the Southern Ocean Sanctuary, moratorium on commercial whaling, etc.) do not apply to this species.
www.speciesatrisk.gc.ca /search/speciesDetails_e.cfm?SpeciesID=606   (1391 words)

 AllRefer.com - killer whale (Vertebrate Zoology) - Encyclopedia
killer whale or grampus, a large, rapacious marine mammal, Orcinus orca, of the dolphin family.
Male killer whales may reach a length of 30 ft (9 m) and females half that length.
The killer whale is fl above, with a sharply contrasting white oval patch around each eye; its belly is white with white markings projecting up along the animal's sides.
reference.allrefer.com /encyclopedia/K/killerwh.html   (281 words)

 ABC-KID.com - Killer Whale Pictures For Kids
Killer whales are the worlds most abundent mammal spiecies, next to humans.
Although killer whales can be found in both the open ocean and coastal waters, they primarily inhabit the continental shelf in waters less than 200 m (656 ft.) deep.
In eastern Canada, killer whale movements are often a response to seal and rorqual whale migrations, while northeastern Atlantic killer whales seem to follow herring.
www.abc-kid.com /killerwhales   (372 words)

 Pygmy Killer Whale - Feresa attenuata
The pygmy killer whale, also known as the slender flfish or the slender pilot whale, closely resembles both the false killer and the melon-headed whales.
The cause of death: a sharp blow to the cranium by the head of the pygmy killer whale.
The pygmy killer whale is a species of dolphin and is in the same subfamily as the melon-headed whale, false killer whale, killer whale, long-finned pilot whale and short-finned pilot whale.
www.angelfire.com /mo2/animals1/cetacean/pygmykiller.html   (548 words)

Killer whales have been relatively common in lower Cook Inlet (at least 100 sightings from 1975 to 2002), but in the upper Inlet, north of Kalgin Island, sightings were infrequent (18 in 27 yr), especially prior to the 1990s.
Killer whales have stranded at least four times in Turnagain Arm (21 May 1991, 24—27 August 1993, 25 September 2000, and 27 August 2002; Table 1), and strandings of killer whales have also been reported elsewhere, such as in Bristol Bay (Lowry et al.
Killer whale predation on Steller sea lions (Eumetopias jubatus) and harbor seals (Phoca vitulina) may have provided these whales with a reliable food source (Corkeron and Connor 1999), given the large numbers of these pinnipeds prior to the 1980s and their predictable use of haul-out sites (Braham et al.
nmml.afsc.noaa.gov /CetaceanAssessment/belugatagging/killerpredation.htm   (5629 words)

 Killer Whale L98 (Luna)
It is rare for a resident killer whale, especially a young whale, to stray from its kin group.
The southern resident Killer whale population was in decline between the years 1996 (99 whales) to 78 in 2001, and has increased to 84 in 2003.
The killer whale is admired as a symbol of Canada’s wild and rugged west coast.
www-comm.pac.dfo-mpo.gc.ca /pages/release/bckgrnd/2003/bg016_e.htm   (735 words)

 Killer Whale (Orcinus orca)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
Killer whales are the largest of the dolphin family.
Killer whales are most often observed as gentle giants of marine aquariums but they are, in fact, the supreme carnivore of the world’s oceans.
Although these are obviously proficient and voracious hunters, killer whales are not known to have ever attacked a human.
www.nsrl.ttu.edu /tmot1/orciorca.htm   (483 words)

 Factsheets: Killer Whale (Orca)
At a length of nine metres and weight of over five tonnes, the Killer Whale, Orcinus orca this is the largest member of the dolphin family.
The Killer Whale is found in all oceans and seas of the world usually in family groups.
Killer Whales are a highly social species whose group size and composition is based on the dominance of a female line.
www.amonline.net.au /factsheets/killer_whale.htm   (395 words)

 False Killer Whale - Pseudorca crassidens
False killer whales are completely fl in colour, although some may have a grey patch shaped like an anchor that extends from the lower jaw to the naval and flippers.
The breeding habits of the false killer whale are poorly understood.
The false killer whale is known as a flfish along with its closest relatives, the pygmy killer whale, killer whale, melonheaded whale, and the short-finned and long-finned pilot whales.
www.angelfire.com /mo2/animals1/cetacean/falsekiller.html   (615 words)

 False Killer Whale (Pseudorca crassidens)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
There are three known mass strandings of these whales in the Gulf of Mexico, but the best known such stranding occurred on the Atlantic coast of southern Florida.
All of the whales subsequently died and the cause of this mysterious event was never determined.
Newborn false killer whales are about 1.5 m in length and weigh 80 kg.
www.nsrl.ttu.edu /tmot1/pseucras.htm   (190 words)

 Killer whale
Killer whales have been killed in whaling operations worldwide, but there is no fishery directed specifically at this species.
Jerye Mooney (in a list compiled for the Animal Rights organisation PAWS in reaction to the live capture of 5 killer whales in Taiji, Japan, in February 1997) mentioned that of 54 known killer whales in oceanaria worldwide in February 1997, 17 (31%) were captive born.
The killer whale is an opportunistic feeder and that is reflected in the wide spectrum of prey species on its diet.
ourworld.compuserve.com /homepages/jaap/orcinus.htm   (2262 words)

 killer whale on Encyclopedia.com
The insignificant killer whale: a case study of inherent flaws in the wildlife services' distinct population segment policy and a proposed solution.
Analysis: Recent scientific study suggests that killer whales may be to blame for the disappearances of various marine mammals in the Northern Pacific
Killer whale Keiko dies of pneumonia.(Animals)(Illness quickly overcomes the "Free Willy" star who won hearts in Oregon waters and moved on to Norway)
www.encyclopedia.com /html/k1/killerwh.asp   (647 words)

 Pygmy Killer Whale (Feresa attenuata)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
On July 6, 1963, a school of about 50 pygmy killer whales of several sizes (lengths varying from 1 to 2.5 m or so) was sighted from a boat off the island of Hawaii in waters about 600 fathoms deep.
The whales were aware of the approach of the boat but they did not flee; instead, they circled and dived in the same general area.
While in captivity, the pygmy killer whale learned to feed readily on mackerel and it consumed as much as 5 kg of such food a day.
www.nsrl.ttu.edu /tmot1/fereatte.htm   (441 words)

 Killer Whales (Orcinus orca)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-05)
To some, killer whales look exactly alike however they can be distinguished from one another by the shape and size of their dorsal fins, the distinctive grayish-white saddle patches behind their dorsal fins, as well as distinctive scars, nicks and marks on their dorsal fins.
Though killer whales, also called orcas, are considered whales by most people, they are actually members of the Delphinidae (dolphin) family.
Killer whales are excellent hunters that a wide range of prey, including fish, seals, and big whales such as blue whales.
nmml.afsc.noaa.gov /education/cetaceans/killer1.htm   (236 words)

 Killer Whale information for eco-tour adventures
Today, thanks in part to discoveries made in B.C., the killer whale is admired as a symbol of Canada’s wild and rugged west coast.
Killer whales are found in all the world’s oceans, from polar to tropical seas.
Killer whales were once hated in B.C. They were considered ferocious and a nuisance.
www.sportsmanfishing.com /killerwhale.html   (641 words)

 The Orca Killer Whale In Pacific Northwest Coast Art
The killer whale is regarded as the guardian as well as the ruler of the sea because of its sheer size and power.
Whales near the shore are believed to be humans who were transformed trying to communicate with their previous human families ashore.
Killer whales are thought to be the prey of the mythical thunderbird who is powerful enough to capture and carry a killer whale back to the mountains.
www.freespiritgallery.ca /killerwhale.htm   (490 words)

 Killer Whale bibliography
Killer Whales: A Study of Their Identification, Geneology and Natural History in British Columbia and Washington St ate.
Killer Whales: The Natural History and Genealogy of Orcinus orca in British Columbia and Washington State.
Heimlich-Boran, J.R. Behavioral Ecology of Killer Whales (Orcinus orca) in the Pacific Northwest.
whale.wheelock.edu /whalenet-stuff/bib_killer_whale.html   (340 words)

- The killer whale is the largest dolphin; a shiny, fl creature with white patches above and behind each eye, on the chin and throat extending along the belly.
This intelligent creature remains in a family pod of 5 to 20 for all of its life.
A population of 260 killer whales frequent the waters off of B.C.; they are listed as not threatened but reduced salmon stocks may be affecting the growth of northwest populations.
www.bcadventure.com /adventure/wilderness/animals/killer.htm   (228 words)

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