The whale most familiar to people is the killer whale. which is one of the reasons whale stuffed animals are so popular. Whale stuffed animals are large, overgrown ‘teddy bear’ types of plush, which are ideal for hugging and snuggling with.
Orca’s or killer whales as they are more commonly known, are part of the toothed whale family, which includes dolphins. In fact, killer whales are actually dolphins, but are much bigger in size. They are often referred to as the wolves of the sea because their behavior is comparable to the wolf.
Killer whales can reach lengths of 33 feet and weigh more than 12,000 pounds with males being the largest. They are mostly black in color with bodies that are covered in distinct white patches. They have a stocky body and a rounded head. A male’s tall dorsal fin can be up to 6 feet in height while females are up to 4 feet tall. They eat a wide variety of fish, seals, turtles, penguins, birds, and even sharks. When hunting, killer whales do so with other members of their pod (a group of animals) in which they will go on to share the food with each other. The bonds of a pod are extremely strong and last a lifetime.
On their upper and lower jaws, killer whales have very large, sharp, interlocking teeth 10-13 pairs for a total of 52 altogether. With their teeth curving inwards and backwards, it assists them in catching their prey. Each tooth is about 3 inches long and 1 inch in diameter, although some teeth can be longer.
On a daily basis, an average sized killer whale will consume 550 pounds of food.
When hunting, killer whales can dive to depths of 100 feet. In short bursts, they can also swim up to 30 miles per hour. They are known for breaching swimming very fast toward the surface and then rising up out of the water when attacking their prey. They also will poke their heads out of the water to look around (called spyhopping), and slap their tales on the water.
Killer whales can be found in every ocean in the world and most seas which means they live in water that is tropical and arctic, coastal and deep. They typically do not make long, seasonal migrations although they will travel one hundred miles in an area in order to find specific prey in a specific season.
The best place to see killer whales is in the wild, but until that opportunity arises, killer whale stuffed animals will have to do. Online stores have some really spectacular killer whale stuffed animals, one of which is 3.5 feet in length – at 40 inches long, that is a whole lot of plush whale to love.