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Transient Orca whale/Killer whale

Orcinus orca


These are Transient Orca whales. The diets of these whales consist almost exclusively of marine mammals; they do not eat fish.[20] Transients generally travel in small groups, usually of two to six animals, and have less persistent family bonds than residents. Transients vocalize in less variable and less complex dialects. Female transients are characterized by more triangular and pointed dorsal fins than those of residents.[20] The gray or white area around the dorsal fin, known as the "saddle patch", often contains some black colouring in residents. However, the saddle patches of transients are solid and uniformly gray.[20] Transients roam widely along the coast; some individuals have been sighted in both southern Alaska and California.[22]


A group of 6 Transient Orca's that we watched for over an hour.

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17chszeman 8 years ago

Rachel I love Orcas I know they are black and white and I saw them at the Shamu Stadium when I was very young I saw shamu and her trainer dawn brancheau and they both saw me and shamu is so happy to see me

clarcada1 8 years ago

Going off the sharp, pointed dorsals and the shape of the eye patches these are definitely transients. Beautiful sighting!

RachaelB 9 years ago

How can you tell? I'm just going off what our boat tour guide told us.

brittamorberg 9 years ago

Those look more like resident orcas...

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