How to Draw a Killer Whale

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Killer Whale in 6 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Killer Whale.

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How to Draw a Killer Whale - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Let's draw a killer whale! Draw the body in the shape of a croissant or an half-moon, tracing so that the corners are rounded and not pointy.

Step 2: At the corner of your half-moon shape, add a small dot for the eye and a short line for the mouth.

Step 3: Now, you can draw the spots. The details on the whale are not like circles but are a much longer shape. Trace a line over the mouth and trace an oval shape at the back of the eye, making sure it's a bit pointy at the end. Now, on the belly, start tracing a long line, looping it around and then tracing it out again. Here's a hint: the loop of the detail should create a shape that looks like an arm!

Step 4: Draw the first fin by tracing a triangular shape on the back of the whale.

Step 5: At the bottom, add the second fin just in front of the belly, making it smaller than the first fin.

Step 6: The tail is also like two triangular shapes with the ends stuck together. Here's a tip: curb the lines as you draw so that the tail doesn't look stiff! You just drew a killer whale!

Interesting Facts about Killer Whales

Killer whales are not whales at all. They are members of the dolphin family. Killer whales are also called orcas. Orcas got their name “killer whale” because they are the largest of all dolphins are some of the best hunters in the ocean.

Did you know?

  • Adult killer whales can grow to be as long as 26 feet and weigh more than 6,000 pounds.
  • Killer whales swim at a speed of three or four miles per hour.
  • The diet of killer whales consists of various fish and squid, seals, sea lions, penguins, and whales. Sometimes they even eat polar bears and moose.
  • Killer whales hunt in groups, and that is why they are referred to as the wolves of the sea.
  • Killer whales have 45 teeth, and they are about three inches long.
  • At birth, a baby orca, which is called a calf, weighs about 400 pounds.

Killer whales are very intelligent. They can teach each other how to hunt and survive, and they also learn how to communicate with each other. One of the most famous killer whales is Shamu, who entertains visitors at Sea World in Orlando, Florida. Killer whales first became stars in marine shows in the 1960s.