breaching orca- NMFS
Photo: NMFS
  • Scientific Name: Orcinus orca
  • Length:  16 – 32 feet
  • Weight:  3 – 11 tons
  • Alaska Resident Population: 2,084
  • Status: Protected under the MMPA
  • Description: Medium sized black whale with white undersides.  Distinctive white patch above and behind the eye, and a highly variable gray or white saddle behind the dorsal fin.  Large, rounded pectoral fins.  Widely distributed and highly social, living primarily in stable social groups of 2 to 15 animals.