False killer whale

The false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens) is a cetacean, and the third-largest member of the oceanic dolphin family (Delphinidae). It lives in temperate and tropical waters throughout the world. As its name implies, the false killer whale shares characteristics, such as appearance, with the more widely known killer whale. Like the killer whale, the false killer whale attacks and kills other cetaceans, but the two species do not belong to the same genus.

The false killer whale has not been extensively studied in the wild; much of the data about it have been derived by examining stranded animals.

False killer whale
  • Size

    The average size is around 4.9 m (16 ft). Females can reach a maximum known size of 5.1 m (17 ft)
    in length and 1,200 kg (2,600 lb) in weight, while the largest males can reach 6.1 m (20 ft) and as much as 2,200 kg (4,900 lb).

  • Feeding

    Most delphinids primarily eat fish, along with a smaller number of squid and small crustaceans, but some species specialise in eating squid,
    or in the case of the killer whale, also eat marine mammals and birds.

  • Life History

    Gestation lasts from 10 to 12 months, and results in the birth of a single calf.

  • Behavior

    False killer whales are kept in captivity and studied in the wild by scientists. Several public aquaria display them.These whales have been known to approach and offer fish they have caught to humans diving or boating.