killer whales can be found in both the open ocean and
coastal waters, they primarily inhabit the continental
shelf in waters less than 200 m (656 ft.) deep. In cold
water areas, their distribution is limited by seasonal
pack ice. In eastern Canada, killer whale movements are
often a response to seal and rorqual whale migrations,
while northeastern Atlantic killer whales seem to follow
herring. In the Bering, Chukchi, and Beaufort seas, killer
whales make considerable seasonal movements in response
to the advance and retreat of the pack ice.
one knows how many Killer Whales there are in the wild.
But, we know some regional groups of killer whale populations.
In southeastern Alaska the population is at about 250.
The population around Prince William Sound, western Alaska/Bering
Sea, and British Columbia/Puget Sound by Vancouver Island
are believed to be around 300 for each area. Population
estimates in the Antarctic range from 70,000 to 180,000.
With so many killer whales in the wild they are not an
whales live tribal social groups called pods. Pods can
be from 5 to about 30 individual whales. Pod sizes may
change with different geographic locations; off Alaska
and Antarctica, groups of more than 100 animals have been
seen. Pods usually consist of males, females, and calves
of varying ages. Females and baby whales swim in the center
of the pod, while adult males swim at the wings.