Killer Whales Identification Tips and Vocalizations

ID: Saddle patches are the gray areas right behind the dorsal fin; they are different on every whale and even different on the right and left side of an animal. These saddle patches are like finger prints; their patterns are unique and help people identify individuals within a population.
Dorsal fin: Dorsal fins of adult males can be up to 6 feet tall at maturity, where as female dorsal fins are curved back towards the tail and about 3 feet tall at maturity.
Size: Southern resident adult males are between 22-24 ft. in length, adult females ~19.7 ft. and a neonate ~9 ft.
Color: Coloration patterns on the belly also can help determine if the whale is a male or a female.
Group size: Orcas live in family groups called pods, ranging in size from 20-40 individuals.
Vocalizations: Orcas use a variety of calls and whistles to communicate, plus echolocation clicks to navigate and hunt.  Do you want to hear what they sound like?  Listen here. Link to a non-government website

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