Subject: Marine Biology & Killer whales

Daniel K. Odell (odell@pegasus.cc.ucf.edu)
Thu, 30 Jan 1997 21:39:20 -0500 (EST)

Dear Rachel:

For information on careers working with marine mammals, check the
following home pages:
The Society for Marine Mammalogy <http://pegasus.cc.ucf.edu/~smm/?
and
Sea World <http://www.bev.net/education/SeaWorld>
The SMM site has a career guide that will answer most of your questions.
The Sea World site has specific information on animal training.

Killer whales
1.  How do they behave?  I don't understand quite what you mean.
2.  Favorite food?  It is difficult to say because 'favorite' is a term
used to describe human behavior.  Killer whale eat lots of things: fish
(including salmon and herring); seals, sea lions and other whales and
dolphins.  What they eat depends on where in the world you look at killer
whales.  For example, in Iceland they eat lots of herring.
3.  Killer whales are the largest member of the dolphin family (Family
Delphinidae).
4.  Male killer whales grow to a greater length than females.  The largest
male ever measured was about 30 feet long.  Most don't get that big.  The
dorsal fins of adult male killer whales may be as much as 6 feet (about 2
meters) tall.  The dorsal fins of female killer whales are typiically less
than one meter tall.

For more basic information on killer whales, check the Sea World home page
<http://www.bev.net/education/SeaWorld>
and look under animal resources.

Dan Odell
Sea World