Scientific name: Orcinus orca
These highly intelligent predators roam huge distances in search of prey in tight family groups that share a specific dialect. Their black and white markings are unmistakable and spotting them is truly one of the UK's greatest wildlife experiences.
StatisticsLength: up to 9.8m Weight: up to 10 tons Average Lifespan: up to 90 years
Protected in the UK under the Wildlife and Countryside Act, 1981, listed under CITES Appendix II and classified as a Priority Species under the UK Post-2010 Biodiversity Framework. Also protected under the Conservation (Natural Habitats, etc.) Regulations (Northern Ireland) 1998