Q: How big do they get?
SW: Adult killer whale sizes vary. At SeaWorld, average size for females is 18 ft. (5.5 m), while the average length for adult males is just over 21.5 ft. (6.6 m) - taller than two stories on its side!
Q: Are they endangered?
SW: Though killer whales are the top predator of the sea with no natural predators of their own, all killer whales are threatened by pollution and overfishing. The Southern Resident population of killer whales in the eastern North Pacific Ocean is officially listed as endangered.
Q: How many killer whales have been born at SeaWorld?
SW: SeaWorld’s first Baby Shamu was born in 1985. Since then, nearly 30 killer whales have been born at SeaWorld parks. SeaWorld’s unparalleled breeding success contributes significant information to studies of killer whale reproduction, growth, and development..