Alternate name: Orca
Family: Delphinidae, Ocean Dolphins view all from this family
Description Large, black dolphin with high dorsal fin and white eyespot. Male is larger and has an erect dorsal fin, female has a smaller curved dorsal fin. Large paddle-shaped flippers grow with age. Belly, chin, and underfluke are white. Has variable white and gray swirls on sides.
Dimensions 6.0-10.0m, 3500-7000kg
Warning While there are no reliable records of unprovoked attacks on humans, people should be extremely cautious of these animals and leave the water when they are nearby.
Habitat Offshore waters, Beaches, shorelines & estuaries
Range New England, Mid-Atlantic, Florida, Texas, California, Northwest, Eastern Canada, Western Canada, Alaska
Discussion An acrobatic swimmer in all oceans including deep and shallow waters.