Shamu Kills Again at Sea World Orlando: Killer Whale Facts

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The Orlando Sea World, the Shamu Whale Show a female trainer was killed by a Killer whale today February 24, 2010. Here are some interesting facts about whales:

Killer Whale a large, ferocious marine mammal, Orcinus Orca, of the dolphin family. Male killer whales may reach a length of 30 ft (9 m) and females half that length. The killer whale is black above, with a sharply distinguished white oval patch around each eye; its belly is white with white markings contemplate up along the animal’s sides.

It has a high, triangular hind fin midway between head and tail, and large, paddle-shaped flippers. The killer whale is worldwide in circulating. It is a swift and fierce animal, armed with more than four dozen sharp teeth, and is the only cetacean (see whale) that feeds regularly on birds or mammals.

Killer whales eat seals, sea birds, and fish, and in packs they will even attack larger whales. The female gives birth to a single calf, up to 7 ft (2.1 m) long, following a growth period of generally one year. Females mature in 6 to 7 years, males in 12. Killer Whales are classified in the phylum Chordata, Subphylum Vertebrata, class Mammalia, order Cetacea, family Delphinidae.

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