I'm going to cheat big time on this one -
The same question was answered on ASK by Erich Hoyt
who knows a lot more about this sort of thing than I
do. Here is what he said" That's a GOOD Question!
A few years ago I asked one of the senior orca
scientists this same question
and together we added up rough estimates on a napkin.
The best number we could come up with was that orcas
probably number in the
low tens of thousands. That means maybe somewhere
between 10,000 and 40,000. But this is just a guess
based on knowing the exact numbers in only four or
five key areas of the world.
You can find more about orcas on the WhaleNet website
by searching for Orca or the full species name Orcinus
Good luck with your report, and thanks for your
interest in orcas.
Erich Hoyt "
His answer (and more useful stuff) was in the ASK
For my part, I'd say that the numbers probably have
not changed much from when he made the estimate.
--- JackCook <email@example.com> wrote:
> how many orca (killer whales) are in the ocean
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