Re: Best of the logo *ideas* so far
Orcas are huge (8-10m or more) and eat a lot of things. I read an account
of several large mammals being found inside a dissected orca, including whole seals.
They hunt large balleen whales in packs.
I have seen a film of an orca lunging onto an ice flow and taking a polar bear into the
water in its mouth. Most 'Merkins still prefer the name "Killer Whale".
OK, so now I'm looking for links....
Here is a pretty good drawing of an orca
And here are some drawings by Alexandra Morton, maybe she'll draw us one.
I find that my 'several large mammals' story is probably false.
( I didn't want to quote the text, but I don't know how to find the
url of a frame, when only the toplevel is visible :( )
Killer whales are marine carnivores at the end of the food
chain. Their diets differ seasonally and regionally. They have various
preys ranging from medium fishes to largest whales including among
others skates, large sharks, and seabirds.
Of 362 stomach contents of killer whales examined from the Antarctic
region, 60% contained only fish with 31% also containing minke whale
(Balaenoptera acutorostrata), 9% pinnipeds, and 9% with squid
(Ivashin, 1981). Examination of contents from killer whale stomachs
from the North Pacific yielded, in order of occurrence, squid, fish,
cetaceans, pinnipeds, and miscellaneous (Nishiwaki and Handa,
1958). Attacks and predation on large whales has given killer whales
their vernacular name and incidents are well documented (Andrews,
1914; Eschricht, 1866; Gaskin, 1982; Hancock, 1965; Jonsg
Tarpy, 1979 ; Whitehead and Glass, 1985). One often cited
misconception is that one orca was found with 13 whole porpoises and
14 seals in its stomach. Eschricht (1866:159) stated that partially
digested remains of these animals were found and later these were
misinterpreted as whole animals. Although there are no documented
instances of killer whales eating man, a few unsuccessful attacks have
been reported (di Sciara, 1978).
John Lapeyre <email@example.com>