• Scientific Name:
    Orcinus orca
  • Adult Length:
    5-9 m (16 - 30 ft)
  • Blow:
    Tall and bushy
  • Breaching:
    Leaps vertically
  • Group size:
    Family groups of 2 - 30
Killer Whale

Frequent inshore and offshore, often seen during a Galapagos cruise.


The largest of the dolphins and perhaps the most distinctive cetacean of all. The striking black body, white eye-patch and prominent dorsal fin are unmistakable. Dorsal fin size and shape varies with age and sex. Adult males possess triangular fins which can reach up to 2 m in height. Females and immatures have smaller, sickle-shaped fins. Known to hunt other marine mammals including Sea lions, Sperm Whales and Bryde's Whales in Galapagos.

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