The undisputed apex predator of the world's oceans, floating around in the coldest inhospitable parts. Dragons of the cold, dark, deep. These are the hunters that scare sharks, and that really makes you want to stay on your ship.
Orcas are named after the Roman God of the underworld and/or death Orcus. Also known as Killer whale which is a corruption of the descriptive name Killer of Whales. Scientifically categorized as Orcinus Orca. Archaically also called; Sword whale after the shape of their chest flippers and dorsal fin
Orcas are aquatic mammals. Toothed whales belonging to the dolphin family. With a distinguishing black and white colour scheme. Fully grown orcas measure between 5 and 8 meters, and weigh 4 to 7 tonnes. Depending on the subspecies.
Orcas live in all oceans all over the world. But they seem to prefer the colder climates around the Arctic and Antarctica, and predominantly live between the 50th and 70th parallels North and South.
As can be read in Sailors Tattoos, the tattoo of an orca means the sailor has sailed the Antarctic Ocean or even has been to Antarctica itself.
Race around the Antarctic
The whole crew was on deck of the Red Sunrise, the whole crew was on the portside at the bulwark even. Everybody had forgotten the predicament they where in for a moment.
As there was a pod of dozens upon dozens of orcas jumping the waves next to the ship. The sight was marvelous.
The crew didn't feel the cold winds of the Antarctic Ocean, they forgot the hard fight they had against the elements rounding Cape Horn.
They just looked at this beautifull black and white beasts, playing in the waves, so in their element, not bothered by the cold as they where. Eventhough they where playing there was no mistaken what they where, dragons of the deep, intellegent instinct hunters optimezed for their envirement.Read this story here: