4 Crazy Facts You Didn’t Know About Killer Whales

Killer Whales, the ominous to an equally ominous creature, these pack hunting mammals are some of the best hunters in the ocean, people seem to think that sharks are the scariest things in the ocean but Killer Whales take that to the next level. Tony Hakim looks at the craziest four facts about killer whales.

Seriously scary hunter

Killer Whales are one of the ocean's biggest predators. Image via Go Whales.

Killer Whales are one of the ocean’s biggest predators. Image via Go Whales.

There is almost nothing that can stop the insatiable hunger of a Killer Whale pack, and Killer Whales have worked out some serious ways to make the oceans’ biggest killers look vulnerable. Off New Zealand shores packs of Killer Whales have taken a special taste to sharks where they have worked out that sharks need to move to breathe and have been holding them still until they suffocate. Shark seems to be a delicacy for many Killer Whales whom, after killing a shark, will only eat its liver

It’s a woman’s world

Killer Whales' are a matriarchal society. Image via Killer-Whale.Org

Killer Whales’ are a matriarchal society. Image via Killer-Whale.Org

Killer Whales have complex societies with only humans and elephants living in comparably intricate structures. The packs are matriarchal with killer whales staying with their mothers their whole lives. Female Killer Whales can live for up to 90 years often giving these ruling class females leadership for up to four generations.

The Brainy Bunch

Killer Whales are one of the most intelligent animals in the world. Image via Animal Fact Guide

Killer Whales are one of the most intelligent animals in the world. Image via Animal Fact Guide

Killer Whales are one of the most intelligent creatures on the planet and their societal structure has been almost described as a culture. They have a complex array of sounds in which they use to communicate, play games and coordinate hunting. They have been known to cause fisherman problems stealing catches, these animals were even smart enough in some cases to work out the fisherman’s measures and overcome them.

Echo-cho-cho-cho

Killer Whales are more closely related to dolphins than other whales. Image via Animal Fact Encyclopedia.

Killer Whales are more closely related to dolphins than other whales. Image via Animal Fact Encyclopedia.

Killer Whales use echo location to locate food and one another, they produce create sound which bounces back to them giving them size and distance of objects. This device used by dolphins, which is unsurprising as Killer Whales are actually more closely related to dolphins than they are to other whales.

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