Published: April 2005
Learn More
In Learn More the National Geographic magazine team shares some of its best sources and other information to expand your knowledge of our featured subjects. Special thanks to the Research Division.

Related Links

Center for Whale Research
Home of the orca survey. This site provides a wealth of information about the killer whales of the Salish Sea.

Killer whales in the Crozet Archipelago
Information on the life history and decline of the killer whales of the southern Indian Ocean.


Baird, Robin W. Killer Whales of the World. Voyageur Press, 2002.

Carwardine, Mark. Killer Whales. DK Publishing,Inc., 2001.

Ford, J. K. B., and G. M. Ellis. Transients: Mammal-Hunting Killer Whales of British Columbia, Washington, and Southeastern Alaska. University of Washington Press, 1999.

Ford, J. K. B., and others. Killer Whales: The Natural History and Genealogy of Orcinus Orca in British Columbia and Washington State. University of Washington Press, 2000.

Parfit, Michael. "Whale of a Tale." Smithsonian Magazine (November 2004), 64-71.

Perrin, W. F., B. Wursig, and J. G. M. Thewissen, eds. Encyclopedia of Marine Mammals. Academic Press, 2002.

Pitman, Robert, L."Good Whale Hunting." Natural History (December 2003/January 2004), 24-8.

NGS Resources

Earle, Sylvia A. and Wolcott Henry. Wild Ocean: America's Parks Under the Sea. National Geographic Books, 1999.

Nathan, Amy. "Mystery Whale." National Geographic World (October 1998), 26-8.

Chadwick, Douglas. "Blue Refuges: U.S. National Marine Sanctuaries." National Geographic (March 1998), 2-31.

Fisher, Ronald M. Namu: Making Friends with a Killer Whale. National Geographic Books, 1973.