Orcinus orca is found living in all oceans of the world. They have been spotted from as far north as the Artic Ocean near pack ice to as far south as the Antarctic Ocean. Although Orcinus orca seems to prefer colder waters, they have also been observed in tropical waters. There seems to be no or very little migration due to weather and water temperature, but killer whales will move to other areas when food becomes scarce.
Biogeographic Regions: arctic ocean ; indian ocean; atlantic ocean ; pacific ocean
Other Geographic Terms: cosmopolitan
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