Also called killer whales, Orcas are one of the most commonly sighted whales off the deck of the Sikumi. Therefore, we have prepared a little information about them just in case you spy some during your private Alaskan cruise. Orcas are usually between 27 and 32 feet long, and live and hunt in small family pods ranging from 10 to 50 members. These black and white whales feed off birds, sea turtles, fish such as salmon, and even other whales.
They are the second most widely distributed mammal on earth, second only to humans. They can be found in almost all oceans across all hemispheres, but usually live in colder waters. Orcas fall into three distinct subspecies that each has its own unique genetic signature. The first, and most widely, studied are resident orcas. These usually stay within a couple hundred miles of their home territory. The other two subspecies are transient and offshore orcas. As their names suggest, these orcas range for hundreds of miles often following the migration patterns of salmon and other prey. The most mysterious of these three are the offshore orcas. Scientists haven't been able to study them as thoroughly because they live so far from land.
If orcas are on your bucket list, contact us to find out which cruise is best to view the Alaska Orca Whale Excursions.