Killer whales are also known as orcas and are actually part of the dolphin family. The animals are easy to differentiate from other whales thanks to their distinctive colouring: While the skin on their back is pitch-black, their bellies are a bright white, as you can see on the killer whale calf from Schleich® Wild Life. After just a few months the calves start hunting for their own fish, marine mammals and sea birds.
At birth the belly of a killer whale calf is initially cream or apricot coloured.
- Scientific name : Orcinus orca
- Global Home : Oceans
- Conservation Status : Data deficient
- Primary habitat : Sea