Killer Whales or Orcas Sighted in Northern Peru
A rare sighting of Killer Whales or Orcas (Orcinus orca) was reported in Northern Peru, approximately 13 miles off the coast of Organos, department of Piura (Latitude -4.00479, Longitude -81.218072). Killer Whales have a worldwide distribution. In fact next to humans, Killer Whales are the most widely distributed mammal, and while they inhabit all the oceans of the world, Killer Whales are most numerous in Arctic regions of cold water upwelling. Killer whales have also been seen in warm-water regions such as Hawaii, Australia, the Galapagos Islands, the Bahamas, and the Gulf of Mexico.
Such sightings are infrequent, but they do demonstrate the whales’ ability to venture into tropical waters. Even more surprising, Killer Whales have been seen in fresh water rivers around the world.
While Orcas can be found in all oceans, they primarily inhabit the continental shelf in waters less than 200 m (656 ft.) deep. There are large regions of the ocean where Killer Whales have never been seen, and it is likely they do not occur there. Because of their wide distribution, the worldwide population of killer whales is largely unknown.
The known distribution of Killer Whales is largely based on sightings. Killer Whales are a rare sighting along the coast of Peru where they have been recorded only in the southern and northern extremes of the country. The northern coast of Peru appears to be a cetacean biodiversity hotspot and breeding ground for whales, dolphins and other poorly known species of marine mammals.
Written by: David Moran.