What Defenders Is Doing to Help Orcas
Southern Resident orcas, a genetically distinct group of killer whales, may disappear forever unless action is taken. Defenders of Wildlife is working closely with a coalition of local and national environmental groups and scientists to develop a comprehensive recovery plan that will address all of threats to this endangered population of orcas and implement strategies to recover them.
Size: Male orcas can grow up to 23 feet long, while females top out around 21 feet.
Weight: Males weigh seven to ten tons, and females weigh 4 to 6.
Lifespan: Orcas live 30 to 50 years in the wild.