Need to demonstrate to a youngster how to draw a killer whale drawing?
Have fun with this simple step by step lesson for learning how to draw a killer whale. This easy killer whale lesson is perfect for young kids looking to get started with drawing.
All drawing steps are included here which make it fun and easy to follow! Expect this drawing to require about 20 minutes, but the creative process may actually take longer if a background is included as well.
Finally learn to draw your very own marine life by following this tutorial at your own pace. Have fun!
- Drawing Paper
- Crayon or Colored Pencils
- Black Marker
- Killer Whale Drawing Printable PDF (see bottom of lesson)
This lesson will teach you how to draw a killer whale. We will pay attention to the shapes of each part and types of contours drawn making sure that the drawing looks right.
Time Needed: 20 minutes
Start The Body
In the middle of the page, draw a long curved line for the top of the body shape.
Complete The Body Shape
Draw another curved line connected at the left side of the page.
Draw the two fins on the left side of the page and erase where one overlaps the body. Add another on top of the body and erase where it overlaps.
Draw The Tail
Add the tail facing down on the right side of the page connecting all the lines together.
Add The Face
Draw a curved line for the mouth and a circle for the eye.
Killer whales have a very distinct black and white pattern. They have a white spot behind their eyes, white under the mouth and tail, and another spot coming up from the stomach.
Killer Whale Drawing PDF Download
Click the link below to view or download this drawing lesson. The PDF is a printable drawing lesson for Killer Whale Drawing. The last page of the downloadable PDF includes a coloring book page with just the outlines and an extension exercise for prompting kids to get creative!
Killer Whale Facts for Kids
“Killer Whale”is just a popular name for the Orca Whale. Orcas are found in oceans worldwide but are mostly found in the Arctic and Antarctic in areas of extremely cold water.
They are warm-blooded like other whales and humans. Their fatty tissue (blubber) helps keeps them warm in the cold waters they live in.
Often called “killer whales” for their supreme hunting skills, Orcas primarily prey upon seals, sea lions, and even other whales.Killer whales are so well disguised that their prey may not realise they are in danger until it’s too late. This means that even if they see the whale charging, their chances of escape are limited to nothing – just like the oceans’ most superbly designed hunter.
They live and hunt together in groups. These groups are called “pods”. An average-sized orca may eat up to 500 pounds per day! Wow that’s one hungry whale!!!Orcas have about 45 teeth and they are 3 inches long.
Orcas are not all about hunting however, they even like scratching their backs on the ocean floor once in a while.Wow what an amazing creature of the oceans!
The Kings and Queens of the Ocean!
Orcas are referred to as the Kings and Queens of the ocean as they are what we call, apex predators. Because of their size and strength, this species of marine mammal is found atop the food chain with no natural predators able to challenge them. These majestic creatures are also known as Killer Whales despite actually being the largest of the dolphin family.
This marine mammal’s diet mostly consists of fish, seals, sea lions, and at times, even sharks and whales!
With swimming speeds that reach up to 50 kilometers per hour and rows of teeth that grow up to four inches long, these predators can easily catch up and rip through their prey.
How do Orcas Communicate and Navigate?
The Killer Whale mainly communicates through sounds they produce such as whistles, low-frequency pops, and jaw claps. They produce these sounds by moving air through the nasal sacs of their blowhole.
Orcas are also heavily dependent on sound as their primary sensory system when they swim and hunt in the absence of light. This type of communication is known as echolocation. A killer whale creates click sounds that echo through the water and when it comes into contact with another animal or their prey, they will roughly know its location.
What We Need to Know About Orcas!
Despite being commonly known as the Killer Whale, orcas are actually a part of the dolphin family. Being the largest of their species, this marine mammal can grow up to 9 meters and weigh up to 6000 kilograms. Even their newborns have a body length of 2.5 meters and can already weigh around 200 kilograms. That’s really big for a baby, right?
Interesting Facts About the Killer Whale
Orcas got their nickname, “Killer Whale” when sailors observed the aggressive behavior this marine mammal exhibits, preying on larger animals like the whale.
Orcas can give birth to an average of 5 calves in their lifetime. They are also one of only three animal species in the world to go through menopause, which means that they stop being able to produce offspring at a certain age.
An orca spends most of its life hunting for food. They live around 50 to 80 years in the wild and the oldest known killer whale, a female named Granny, was found to be 105 years old!