Subject: report on killer whales

Tokitae (
Mon, 12 Jan 1998 20:10:47 -0500 (EST)

My name is Meagan Stewart.  I am in third grade and I am doing a report on
killer whales.  Please answer the following questions:  1.  Do killer whales
ever get hot?  2.  How do they get sick?  3.  How much do baby killer whales
weigh?  4.  How long do they live?  5.  How long does it take to train a
killer whale? 6. How much do large killer whales weigh?  7.  How long is a
baby killer whale?  8.  How long is a large killer whale?

I have a feeling I am doing your homework for you, but then you are
consulting a resource, and that is what you are supposed to do. I hope you
look in the WhaleNet bibliography for killer whale books to learn more about

1. All whales need to bring down their internal body heat, and they have a
superb way of shunting warm blood to extremeties when they need to do so.
Thus I don't think they have much of a problem with overheating. 2. They get
sick in many of the same ways humans get sick, with respiratory congestion,
pneumonia, tuberculosis, cancer, toothaches, etc. 3. Baby killer whales
weigh around 400 to 500 pounds at birth. 4. Male orcas average almost 30
years of life, and some live into their fifties, while female orcas can
expect to live over 50 years and some live well past 80. 5. As soon as the
orca realizes that it will need to do what it is told to do or it will be
treated harshly and deprived of food, it usually begins to cooperate. After
that they learn very fast and soon they can begin to train the humans. 6.
Pacific orcas are larger than Atlantic orcas, and male orcas are larger than
female orcas. Male Pacific orcas usually weigh about 12,000 to 14,000
pounds, females around 9,000 to 10,000 pounds. Subtract about 2,000 pounds
for Atlantic orcas. In the Antarctic there is a population of large orcas,
and a population of small orcas. 7. Baby killer whales are about 7 or 8 feet
long at birth. 8. The largest males measured were just over 30 feet long. I
hope this helps.

Howard Garrett
PAWS Lolita Campaign Coordinator