what do killer whales eat?
Killer whales, or orcas, are carnivorous pack predators, meaning they hunt and feed in groups. They hunt in groups called pods in every ocean on Earth, and catch a wide variety of animals as a result. They are apex predators, meaning they have no natural threats as adults and hunt other carnivores like sharks. Their most common prey are fish like tuna, herrings, sharks and salmon, as well as mammals such as seals, dolphins and even other whales. Squids, sting rays and sea gulls are other easy meals for a hungry killer whale. In the icy waters near the Arctic, they will also hunt any penguins that venture into their territory. Baby killer whales, or calves, drink their mother’s milk until they are old enough to join the pod in hunting.