Physical Characteristics of Killer Whale

About Killer Whale Size

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About Killer Whale Size

Adult male killer whales are larger than their female counterpart, including features such as pectoral flippers, dorsal fins, caudal paws and girth. Male killer whales reach a length of 10 m and have a mass of up to 8 tons, females – up to 8.7 m long.
The sizes of killer whales vary significantly between different ecotypes.
Male killer whales of Antarctic type A can reach a length of 9.2 m (30 feet), which makes them the largest known killer whales.
The smallest ecotype of killer whales is Antarctic type C, in which adult females average 5.2 m (17 feet) and adult males average 5.6 m (18 feet) in length and can reach a maximum of 6.1 m (20 feet).
The dorsal fin in males is high (up to 1.5 m) and almost straight, and in females it is about half as low and bent.
The head is short, flattened from above, without a beak; teeth are massive, up to 13 cm long, adapted to tear large prey.

Body Shape of Orca

Killer whales body
Killer whales body

The shape of the killer whale body is streamlined and tapering at both ends. This form is energy efficient for swimming. It creates less water resistance when swimming compared to other animals.

Color of Killer Whales

Different colors of Orcas

The color of killer whales is their species-specific feature. The back and sides of the animal are black, the lower jaw, throat and belly are white. In the back of the body, a white color with two fangs rises to the caudal stem on the sides up, sometimes reaching the back. Two white spots are located in front of and above the eyes. On the vertical of the dorsal fin, two white spots can be located on the sides, merging behind the dorsal fin into one saddle-shaped spot, which serves researchers to recognize individual animals “in the face.” In the waters of the Arctic of the Antarctic, light areas of the skin of killer whales may have a yellowish-greenish or brown tint due to the diatom algae film covering them.


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Killer whales have 10-14 teeth in each half of the upper jaw, and 8-14 in the lower. With a closed mouth, the teeth of the upper jaw enter the gaps between the teeth of the lower, which helps when setting prey or biting off part of it.

Distribution and migration of killer whales

Killer whales are found in almost all areas of the World Ocean, both near the coast and in open waters. Killer whales live everywhere in the Atlantic Ocean: from the shores of Greenland and Svalbard to the Antarctic region. They are ordinary guests in the Mediterranean Sea. The Indian Ocean is inhabited up to Australia, and in summer they are found circumpolar in the waters of the Antarctic, reaching the ice border.

Distribution and migration of killer whales

In Arctic waters, they are distributed intermittently: killer whales were not found in the East Siberian Sea and the Laptev Sea, although they are known in the Barents Sea, the western and northwestern parts of the Kara Sea, off the coast of Murman and in the White Sea. In the Far East of Russia, killer whales are often found in the Sea of ​ ​ Japan and Okhotsk, off the coast of Kamchatka, the Kuril and Commander Islands, as well as in the Bering Sea. A.G. Tomilin, back in 1951, noted that in the Kamchatka coastal waters, killer whales were most often observed at Cape Shipunsky, where the Sivucha lodge is located, in the Olyutorsky and Avachinsky bays.

Reproduction and development

Mating killer whales in nature is quite difficult to register, since sexual behavior in dolphins is often observed in the context of social and game activity, including between same-sex individuals. However, studies of dried animals suggest that conception occurs in the summer months and early autumn. The duration of pregnancy is not precisely established, although it is believed that the carrying of the cub lasts 16-17 months. In Canada, baby killer whales are born mainly from October to March. It is possible that the reproductive cycle of killer whales varies in various areas of the World Ocean, since, according to Russian researchers E.I.

Ivanova and V.A. Zemsky, the birth of cubs is timed to summer months, and according to the results of Norwegian scientists – to early autumn. As part of our research, the birth of a cub in early August was once reliably recorded.
The body length of the newborn is 250-270 cm, and by the year it reaches 350 cm. Females grow to about 10 years old, and the first viable offspring are born between the 12th and 18th years of life. Males reach the size of an adult female by the eighth year of life and continue to increase in size up to 15 years. The physical maturity of males occurs at 18-20 years old. Determination of the age of growing males is possible by the HWR coefficient (ratio of height to width of the dorsal fin), each value of which corresponds to a certain age of the male killer whale.

Reproduction and development

The life expectancy of killer whales has not been precisely established, but in 1987 Olesiuk and his colleagues observed two females whose age was determined to be 77 years old. Calculations of the age of some females, based on the number and age of their descendants, showed that the oldest of them may have reached their 90th birthday. The maximum life expectancy of males cannot be determined, since from the moment of puberty and physical maturity, external changes do not occur to them. But, based on the quantitative sex ratio of animals that have reached thirty-five years, it is assumed that the life expectancy of males is much shorter than the life expectancy of females and does not exceed 50-60 years.

Pectoral Flippers

Pectoral Flippers

A killer whale’s forelimbs are adapted for swimming. A killer whales uses its rounded, paddlelike pectoral flippers to steer and, with the help of the flukes, to stop. Pectoral flippers have the major skeletal elements of the forelimbs of land mammals, but they are shortened and modified. The skeletal elements are rigidly supported by connective tissue. Blood circulation in the pectoral flippers adjusts to help maintain body temperature.

The pectoral flippers of male killer whales are proportionately larger than those of females. A large male killer whale may have pectoral flippers as large as 2 m (6.5 ft.) long and 1.2 m (4 ft.) wide. A female’s pectoral flippers are significantly smaller.

A killer whale’s pectoral flipper contains 5 digits much like the fingers on a human hand.



Each lobe of the two-lobed tail is called a fluke. Flukes are flat pads of tough, dense, fibrous connective tissue, completely without bone or cartilage.Although killer whales have 50 to 54 vertebrae, no bones extend into the flukes. Without bones or even cartilage in the flukes, it is not unusual to see them curved, especially in larger males. A large male killer whale may have tail flukes measuring 2.75 m (9 ft.) from tip to tip. Longitudinal muscles in the back one-third of the body (both above and below the spine) move the flukes up and down. Like the arteries of the flippers, the arteries of the flukes are surrounded by veins to help maintain body temperature.

Dorsal Fin

Dorsal fin is made of dense fibrous connective tissue, without bones or cartilage. The size and shape of the dorsal fin differs from species to species. The dorsal fin of the male killer whale is proportionally larger than that of the female.

Dorsal Fin

In adult males, the dorsal fin is high and triangular. Reaching a height of up to six feet, in a large adult male, it is the highest dorsal fin of all cetaceans.
In most females, the dorsal fin is slightly posterior and smaller – from about 3 to 4 feet tall.
Like paws and flippers, the arteries in the dorsal fin are surrounded by veins that help maintain body temperature.

The dorsal fin can help stabilize the killer whale when it swims at high speeds, but the fin is not essential to the whale’s balance.

Orca Head

The single opening at top of the head is blocked by a muscular rag. The killer whale breathes through the hole. The blowing-off well is weakened in a closed position, and the shutter provides waterproof consolidation. To open the hole, the killer whale squeezes a muscular rag.

Eyes of killer whales from each side of the head, directly for and over a mouth corner, and before a white eye spot. Eyes of killer whales approximately same size, as eye of a cow. Glands in internal corners of eye-sockets excrete slime, oily, similar to jelly, which greases eyes, washes away fragments and probably helps to order eyes as the killer whale floats.

Ears represent small imperceptible dimples behind each eye, without external rags or a pin at once. These small external ear openings lead to reduction of ear canals which aren’t connected to middle ears.

Physical Differences in Ecotypes

The five forms of Antarctic killer whales look different and are easier to distinguish from each other.

  • Type A killer whales have a medium size, a horizontal eye patch and a very weak dorsal saddle. These are the largest ecotypes of killer whales.
  • Large killer whales of type B have a very large, horizontal eye patch. The small killer whale of type B has a slightly narrower and inclined eye patch. Both types have a dorsal saddle, a dorsal nappy (dark gray coating on the back), and may have a yellowish cast due to the diatoms layer on their skin.
  • Type C killer whales have a small, forward-inclined eye patch and dorsal saddle and often have a yellowish cast due to diatom coating. This is the smallest species of killer whales.
  • Type D killer whales have an extremely tiny eye patch, onion melon (forehead) and a very weak saddle.
  • Experts note subtle differences between the inhabitants, transitional and marine killer whales of the eastern part of the North Pacific Ocean.

In general, resident killer whales are larger and have a rounded tip on the dorsal fin, which is a falcate (curved backward) in adult females and tall and triangular in males. The dorsal saddle may contain some black areas.
Transient killer whales are usually smaller and have a more pointed dorsal fin. The dorsal saddle does not contain any black areas. Marine killer whales are more similar in appearance to the resident ecotype, although they are smaller than either inhabitants or transitional and have a weak saddle.
Ecotypes of killer whales of the North Atlantic.

Type 1 killer whales are significantly smaller than type 2. They have very distinct white eye spots and a noticeable saddle.
Type 2 killer whales are one of the largest ecotypes, with males reaching 8.5 m (29 feet) of length. They have very distinct white spots, an inclined eye patch and a weak saddle.

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Megalodon is one of the largest sharks that inhabited planet Earth. “Megalodon” means big tooth! This shark was up to 60 feet long and weighed up to 75 tons. Megalodon ate many other types of marine life, including giant whales. Scientists believe they used their sharp teeth to bite off fish fins before crushing them with powerful jaws.

Researchers have calculated that Megalodon could close his jaws to 18 tons per square inch. Although Megalodon lived millions of years ago, fossilized teeth are still found. Sharks constantly lose and grow new teeth throughout their lives. Her teeth can be found in many parts of the world. Megalodon teeth are heart-shaped and have toothed edges. These teeth can be found in almost all coastal waters around the world. Some of the most recent teeth were located off the coast of the United States near North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and California.

One of the most exciting places in the United States for scientists and those looking for fossilized shark teeth is called Shark Hill Tooth in California. It is known that he has many fossilized sharks’ teeth. You can find sharks teeth for sale to add to your collection. Each collector and scientist would like to have a prehistoric shark tooth sample for display. These giant teeth are a miracle and a reminder of prehistoric life on our planet. They are ideal for teachers and hobbyists.

Sperm Whale Teeth

Sperm whale is a wild marine mammal, the only modern representative of the sperm whale family related to dwarf sperm whales. The largest of toothed whales. Adult males reach 20 m length and mass 50 tons, and females – 15 m length and mass 20 tons.

Works of art (which you can to buy) are made from the incisors of this huge wild mammal. Namely, figurines, figures with images of different animals, ashtrays, cane handles, various decorative elements and much more.

Currently, the term scrimshaw also refers to the thread technique and engraving on noble bone, shells, horn, eggshell, etc. You can to buy scrimshaw at auctions. Especially in America and Europe. Ivory carving is very common in Russia. You can find art objects made of ivory. The material used is raw materials of different marine wild mammals, as well as elephant tusk and mammoth, which you can to buy.

In 1712, from the ship of Captain Christopher Hassey, carried away
storm into the open sea, the first large sperm whale was killed. By 1770, already
125 American sailing ships mined sperm whales from Newfoundland
to the Falkland Islands.

Sperm whale fishing was considered very profitable, but was uneconomical,
for only spermacete and ambra were extracted, and carcass was thrown overboard. According to scientists, until the beginning of the 18th century. in the world there were about 1 million sperm whales, by the 1880s about 29% of the population remained. Ambra can be bought now.

The structure of the mouth allows wild sperm whales to actively absorb prey, and they, in fact, do not need teeth. Jaws grow slowly, and by the time they reach the limit size, teeth stop growing and during life do not change. Sperm whale has 23 pairs of teeth in the lower jaw that enter
in holes in the upper jaw, and 1-3 pairs of non-functional teeth on the upper jaw. Sperm whale teeth can be bought on the market.

Natural tooth animal

Various teeth of dinosaurs and marine animals can be purchased from the store online. A tooth is a solid calcified structure found in the jaws of different vertebrates. The roots of the teeth are covered with gums. Some animals also use teeth for hunting or defensive purposes. The teeth are not made of bone, but of many tissues of varying density and hardness, which come from ectoderm.

Some animals develop only one set of teeth, and others have many sets.
Sharks, for example, grow a new set of teeth every two weeks to replace worn teeth.

Rodent incisors grow and constantly strike, which helps to maintain a constant length. In tusk mammals, teeth grow almost throughout life.

Teeth are not always attached to the jaw. Often in reptiles and fish, teeth attach to the sky, forming additional rows inside the jaws themselves. Some even have teeth in their throats.

How long are sperm whale teeth?

Sperm whales have 20-26 pairs of cone-shaped teeth. Each tooth is 10 to 20 cm long. They are located in the lower part. However, sperm whale teeth are not needed, since its food is squid.


The sperm whale is the largest of the toothed whales with its narrow jaw. The sperm whale color is dark blue-gray or brownish, with white spots on the belly. Males reach 24 meters and weigh up to 55.1 tons. Females are smaller, they are less than 14 meters and weighing less than 27.6 tons.

How much is a sperm whale tooth worth?

How much is a sperm whale tooth worth?

Whale teeth can be bought starting from $90 US dollars. The price depends on size, weight and condition. Teeth that have art drawings are more expensive. Some vintage examples had a price tag of several thousand dollars.

3 pieces. Whale teeth – scrimshaw. 481 gram – $150, 266 gram $115, $257 gram – $105. Age – 65-70 years. Found in Norway. Shipping is free worldwide. Total for 3 – $370 Accept Debit Cards, Stripe, cryptocrency – email for invoice:

1 piece. SpermWhale tooth. Real. Age – 56 years. Weight 398 grams. Bought in Australia in the city of Melbourne. Shipping is free worldwide. $105 Accept Debit Cards, Stripe, cryptocrency – email for invoice:
Tooth of saber-toothed cat
1 piece. Tooth of Saber-toothed tiger. Real. Size: 7″. Age – 300,000 years. Found in Central Europe (Schöningen). Shipping is free worldwide. $900$550. Accept Debit Cards, Stripe, cryptocrency – email for invoice:
Killer whale tooth prices
1 piece. Orca tooth. Size: 5 1/8″. Age – 60 years. Found in the United States, Hawaii. Shipping is free. $190$99  Accept Debit Cards, Stripe, cryptocrency – email for invoice:
1 piece. SpermWhale tooth. Real. Age – 54 years. Weight 427 grams. Found on the island of Sardinia. Shipping is free worldwide. $200$120 Accept Debit Cards, Stripe, cryptocrency – email for invoice:
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1 piece. Megalodon Tooth. Real. Size: 6 3/4″. Age – 5-20 million years.Found in South Carolina. Shipping is free worldwide. $220$120  Accept Debit Cards, Stripe, cryptocrency – email for invoice:
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1 piece. Megalodon Tooth. Real. Size: 6″. Age – 5-20 million years. Found on the coast of Florida. Shipping is free worldwide. $220$120  Accept Debit Cards, Stripe, cryptocrency – email for invoice:
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1 piece. Megalodon Tooth. Real. Size: 6 1/2″. Age – 5-20 million years. Found on the coast of Florida. Shipping is free worldwide. $220$125  Accept Debit Cards, Stripe, cryptocrency – email for invoice:

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This rare Megalodon tooth was found in the Morgan River near Beaufort, South Carolina. 6.70 “length. This is one of the largest Megalodon teeth in the world. The left margin does not have about 40% of the teeth, but, again, it is completely natural and was caused by a shark bite into the whale bone or possibly another tooth being hit during feeding.

Tooth of saber-toothed tiger

Sabre-toothed cat, also called sabre-toothed tiger or sabre-toothed lion, any of the extinct catlike carnivores belonging to either the extinct family Nimravidae or the subfamily Machairodontinae of the cat family (Felidae). 

Named for the pair of elongated bladelike canine teeth in their upper jaw, they are often called sabre-toothed tigers or sabre-toothed lions, although the modern lion and tiger are true cats of the subfamily Felinae.

Sabre-toothed cats existed from the Eocene through the Pleistocene Epoch (56 million to 11,700 years ago). 

According to the fossil record, the Nimravidae were extant from about 37 million to 7 million years ago. Only distantly related to felids, they include the genera Hoplophoneus, Nimravus, Dinictis, and Barbourofelis. 

The Machairodontinae, extant from about 12 million to less than 10,000 years ago, include the more familiar Smilodon as well as Homotherium and Meganteron. Sabre-toothed cats roamed North America and Europe throughout the Miocene and Pliocene epochs (23 million to 2.6 million years ago). 

By Pliocene times, they had spread to Asia and Africa. During the Pleistocene, sabre-toothed cats were also present in South America.

Orca teeth for gift

Orca tooth. Delivery Worldwide! PayPal. Size about 13cm (5 inches).

The teeth of a whale or toothed whale are often bought for a gift for the birthday of a son or daughter. Killer whale teeth are bought and given for ivory carving. Objects of art after carving are rated very expensive. Value starts from $1000 and up to several thousand, or even tens.

Killer whale pads are packaged in a gift bag or box. After getting a tooth, everyone is happy. Collectors of fossils and teeth highly appreciate the work of ivory.