Known by their bold black and white markings, these beautiful killers prefer cooler waters. Traveling together in groups known as pods, killer whales, or orcas, have been known to tilt a piece of floating ice dislodging sleeping prey such as seals and penguins. Adult males average 30 feet in length, while the females are only half that long. Babies are born 8 feet long and can weigh 400 pounds. Killer whales are in danger because of unnecessary killing by humans.
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