They’ve been called the ocean’s greatest predator. Killer whales, or orcas, are actually not whales at all. They are the largest of the dolphin family and can grow to be anywhere from 5 to 9 meters long while weighing several tons. Found anywhere from the artic to tropical waters, killer whales are easily recognizable by their black and white coloring and immense size. However, these animals are far from Shamu at SeaWorld.
The full length documentary film, “When Killer Whales Attack,” shows that these animals hunt a variety of marine mammals including seals, sea lions, and even great white sharks. Hunting in pods of up to 40 other orcas, they use echolocation to communicate and hunt. This allows the sounds to travel underwater and bounce back when they encounter objects. The orcas are also incredibly intelligent and trainable, which has made them popular attractions at theme parks. This documentary from the Nature Kingdom shows these giant predators in their natural habitat as they hunt and survive in the wild.