Sunday, January 6, 2013

Orca's Whale of a Tale!

Killer Whales, or Orca, didn't get their name from being identified as a "serial killer" by the local Coast Guard. They got their name from feeding on dolphins & other whales in their habitat. The only known attacks on humans have taken place in famous water parks, while in captivity.Orcas require 500 lbs. of food a day! I guess Ewe could say, " Go Big or Go Hungry"! ( My idea for a motto)

 Let me introduce Ewe to my pearly whites! The enamel is quite convincing!
Killer Whales live in waters globally, but they clearly prefer cooler waters. Approximately 50% or more of Orcas live in the Antarctica region. They are one of the fastest moving mammals in the sea, "clocked" at 30 knots at a normal pace. This speed assists them in hunting other prey, such as tuna, seal, penguin, salmon, herring, turtle, birds, squid, shark, rays, & walrus.

10,9,8,7,6,....3,2,1..Ready or not, here I come!

Killer whales, are actually dolphins.They are the largest dolphins on record, reaching 30 or more feet in length, & weighing up to 12,000 lbs.! The largest male on record measured 32 ft. long , weighing over 20,000 lbs. Females are slightly smaller than males, measuring 16-23 ft. long & weighing about 6-8000 pounds.The largest female on record measured 28 ft. long, & weighing about 15,000 pounds.

As Ewe can tell from my size, I shop in the "Plus" section!
Killer Whales travel in groups, or pods, & work very well together as a community. When hunting together, besides using sonar or echolocation, they use a couple of unusual techniques to capture their prey. First, when encountering sharks, they hold the shark upside down, submerging it for about 15 minutes, until it suffocates & drowns. They also employ the technique of carousel feeding, in which they force herring into a tight ball by surrounding them with bursts of  bubbles. They proceed to use their tail fluke to smack the ball, killing or stunning 10-15 fish at a time! Dinner is then served!

"All-Ewe-Can-Eat" Buffets are my favorite restaurants!
What a "Bird Brain" idea Ewe have, thinking Ewe can escape from me!
Killer whales are considered among the most intelligent of sea mammals. Orcas are highly social, & travel in groups of 5-30, called pods. Each pod has a female leader who makes sure the ill & the young are cared for & protected. She ensures the pod operates harmoniously as a family. Females also give birth to a 8 foot,400 lb. calf, after a 15-17 month pregnancy. The calf will nurse for up to 2 yrs., with a survival rate that is very low. Adult Orcas in the wild live up to 90 years .They have a shorter life span in captivity.
Killer whale calf is jumping for joy at the news he's going fishing!
Can Ewe tell that I'm hungry?
Sheep & Orcas both enjoy the safety afforded by moving in groups. By working together as a herd & pod, they are able to protect their young more effectively. Sheep receive additional help from their Shepherd!
Do Ewe think Orcas are" green with envy" over our Shepherd?

As Ewe begin a new day, thank God for the family He's placed Ewe in. Working together as a unit will pay rich dividends as Ewe allow the Shepherd to lead & guide!

"For as the body is one and has many members, but all the members of that one body; being many, are one body, so also is Christ." 1 Cor. 12:12

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