Killer whales

Killer whale (Orcinus orca)

Identifying features

  • Distinct black and white colouration
    • white patch behind eye
    • white ventral surface (belly)
    • grey saddle patch behind dorsal fin
  • Dorsal fin
    • male – tall, upright, up to 2 m in height
    • female – curved and smaller

Body length

  • Approximately 7 – 8 m


  • Distinct populations with specific features – ecotypes
  • Some individuals travel over large distances and likely have a large home range

How you can help with killer whale science?

Report your sightings via Facebook Killer Whales Australia.

Image taken by Dave Donnelly – Killer Whales Australia