They can swim pretty dang fast. At top speeds, they can get up to 30 miles per hour. They usually cruise at lower speeds, but that still puts them as one of the fastest swimming mammals in the sea.
Killer whales can swim in bursts up to 30 mph, but most often they swim at 2-6 mph. At top speed, however, they are likely the second fastest aquatic mammal, right after the Commerson’s dolphin, which swims 35 mph.
Killer whales are capable of swimming at speeds of up to 30 mph; however, since it takes a ridiculous amount of energy to move their huge bodies (generally weighing in at anywhere from 3000-12000 lbs), their optimal cruising speed is closer to around 5 mph.
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