What is it called when an orca jumps?

Air is 800 times less dense than water and so a jump gives the Killer Whale a good advance on its prey. This high-speed leap is known as porpoising and even once the feeding event is over, jumping can take place as a social form of celebration.

How high can an orca jump?

15 feet
It is difficult to offer a precise height for a whale jump because they tend to avoid humans when living in the wild, but it is known that a killer whale, or orca, can jump between 10 and 15 feet out of the water. One of the highest whale jumps caught on film is that of an orca jumping 15 feet while chasing a dolphin.

Do whales jump for fun?

Because these whales can jump so high out of the water, ocean voyagers experience both delight and absolute elation. But besides the bliss and ebullience that one can enjoy aboard a whale watching Southern California tour, it leaves us asking how and why whales jump out of the water in the first place.

What is dolphin breaching?

Seeing a whale or dolphin leap out of the water and crash down with an almighty splash is undoubtedly one of the most spectacular sights at sea. The scientific definition for such an aerial display is a ‘breach’, an intentional jump from the water in which at least 40% of the animal’s body emerges.

Are orcas smarter than dolphins?

Orca intelligence hasn’t been studied as intensively as the intelligence of bottlenose dolphins, but orca EQ has been pegged at around 2.5.

Do orcas hunt dolphins?

But to many ocean dwellers, orcas are killers indeed. The apex predators hunt in packs, and feed on dolphins, seals, walruses and fish. They have been known to hunt down and kill minke whales, grey whales, sperm whales and even blue whales.

Can you see orcas on Orcas Island?

Orcas can be sighted all year long, but the three Southern Resident pods (J-, K- and L-pods) generally forage for Chinook salmon in the Salish Sea during the summer months (May – September).