Killer Whales

About Killer Whales

Highly intelligent, curious and social, killer whales are some of the most amazing animals in our care. Our relationship with these magnificent rulers of the sea spans decades, during which time some incredible human/animal connections have formed.

It’s with the whales in our care that you can see what truly sets SeaWorld® apart. Their unique personalities and long-standing relationships with their trainers show that when you open your mind and heart to the languages humans and animals share, nearly anything is possible.

Click here to learn more about our care for killer whales and see how our research helps whales in the wild.

A Closer Look

Treat your family or the animal lover in your life to an unforgettable experience—and a meal that will fuel your fun all day long. Join Shamu and his animal trainers backstage for one of our exclusive poolside dining opportunities.

Ask an Educator

Q: Where are they found?
SW: Killer whales live in oceans all over the world. They’re most abundant in the Arctic, the Antarctic and other colder, nutrient-rich waters full of marine life to feast on.

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: What do they eat?
SW: Their diets vary from one region to another, but consist of fishes, squids, seabirds (including penguins), and marine mammals.

Q: How big do they get?
SW: Grown killer whale sizes vary. At SeaWorld, the average length for grown males is just over 21.5 feet—taller than two stories on its side! Females average closer to 18 feet.