Orcalab Base LookoutVisit from Home
- Under 5s
The headquarters of OrcaLab research station boast stunning views of Blackney Pass, a main thoroughfare for orcas in the fall and summer months.
Fast killer whale facts - find more on Nat Geo Kids
Scientific name: Orcinus orca
Family name: Delphinidae
IUCN status: Data deficient
Lifespan (in wild): 50-90 years
Weight: Males up to 9,000kg. Females up to 5,500kg
Head and body length: Males up to 9.8m. Females up to 8.5m
Top speed: 48km/h
Killer whale facts
Eight tonnes of pure power whacks an ice floe floating in cold Arctic waters. The seal lying on top of the ice doesn’t stand a chance. Knocked into the sea, the seal becomes a meal for one of the ocean’s top predators – the huge killer whale!