A pod of killer whales swims


Killer Whale Ecotypes

Scientists currently recognize at least ten killer whale ecotypes throughout the world's oceans. These ecotypes have overlapping geographic ranges in certain areas but have slight genetic differences and distinct differences in size, habitat, color pattern, dorsal fin shape, vocalizations, diet, and hunting strategies.




Northern Hemisphere



Northern Hemisphere Killer Whales


Southern Hemisphere


Southern Hemisphere Killer Whales