June is Orca Awareness Month! Celebrate these intelligent, social marine mammals all month long.
Start the month by learning 10 Fascinating Facts about Orca!
Just as we have different languages, orca communities are known to have different vocal sounds.
They are apex predators in the ocean, meaning that they have no natural predators. Some orcas purely hunt other marine mammals and don't even see fish as food.
At present it is estimated that there are around 50,000 orcas throughout the oceans around the world. The most well-studied orca population has approximately 2,500 and is located in the eastern North Pacific Ocean.
Orcas will swim up to 40 miles a day to forage for food and exercising. They will also dive 100 to 500 feet, several times a day, every day.
Every individual orca has a unique mark behind their dorsal fin that is as specific to them as a fingerprint is to a human.
Orcas are often referred to as 'killer whales' despite them not actually being whales. They get this name from ancient sailors who observed a pod of orca hunting larger whales! They dubbed them 'whale killers' and somewhere along the line this name was swapped around.
These marine mammals have no sense of smell! Despite this they do have better hearing than dogs and even bats.
Male orcas have a taller dorsal fin than females, they can grow to 1.8 meters and are generally straight. Females and juveniles dorsal fins are about half the size with a distinct sickle-shape.
There are no records of orcas attacking humans in the wild. They can be very inquisitive, and will often come up to boats and kayaks to investigate.
Orca pods function under a matriarchal hierarchy, meaning that the older females are responsible for the success of the pod, they have extensive knowledge of where to find food and will share the food with other members of the pod, rather than just their own offspring.
How we can do our part to protect orcas?
If you want to support orca conservation and help protect these intelligent marine mammals then there are a number of things you can do. Raising awareness is always key in the protection of wildlife, the more people who care the more effective actions are. Reducing plastic will also help to improve the orcas habitat and prevent more chemicals and debris from polluting their home. Boycott & avoid facilities that display large marine mammals for entertainment. Buy from sustainable fisheries only, this ensures the protection of the orcas prey.
In June 2020 we were able to donate 10% of sales to the ORCA! A total of $305 to their amazing work.
Who are ORCA?
"At the heart of ORCA’s work is the monitoring and protection of whales, dolphins and porpoises. It is critical that we learn more about our whales and dolphins in order to understand their way of life, where they breed, feed and travel."
- ORCA, https://www.orcaweb.org.uk/
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