Sep 29

Thirteen ocean creatures have surfaced all around Bristol’s BS5 postcode, snapped by some of the world’s very best wildlife photographers. To prove how turtle-y awesome they all are, we’ve created blogs on all of the featured species sharing ten epic facts about them! Sail your way around the exhibition by downloading your very own map and guide.

1) Orcas are the most widely distributed of all whales and dolphins and are found in every ocean.

2) They are the largest member of the dolphin family.

3) Orcas were given the name ‘killer whale‘ by ancient sailors who used to see groups of them hunting and preying on whales, even the mighty blue whale!

4) The scientific name for orca is Orcinus orca. Orcinus translates to ‘of the kingdom of the dead’ and is probably derived from Roman God of the underworld Orcus, a reference to the fierce hunting reputation of this animal.

5) Not at all fussy eaters, orcas eat fish, great white sharks, rays, squid, crabs, lobsters, seals, sea lions, dugongs, seabirds, penguins, sea turtles and of course, whales. Quite the appetite!

6) Male orcas can grow to a maximum length of nearly 10m and weigh up to 10,000kg!

7) Because of the orca’s size, it is not preyed on by any other creature in the ocean, making it an apex predator – the largest apex predator on Earth, in fact.

8) Despite having such a fierce reputation, many orcas live with their mothers for their entire lives! Who doesn’t need their mums?

9) Orcas are very fast swimmers, and have been recorded at speeds of around 50kmh!

10) Orcas have developed many hunting tactics, one of which is to tail slap the water creating a tidal wave which knocks prey off of ice caps!