False Killer Whale
Species: Pseudorca crassidens
3.5 to 6 m, weighing 917 to 2 000 kg
Up to 60 years
The False Killer Whale is found in deep (200-2000 m) tropical and temperate waters of the Pacific and Indian Oceans, but it can occasionally be observed in shallower waters.
Sexual maturity is reached between 8 and 12 years. After a gestation period of 14 to 16 months, the False Killer Whale can give birth to a calf every 7 years.
It feeds on fish, such as bonito and tuna, and molluscs. It may occasionally attack small dolphins.
Morphological characteristics for distinction at sea
- Head: fairly pronounced melon, conical profile, no rostrum
- Fins and flippers: sickle-shaped and straight dorsal fin, located in the middle of the back, long and pointed pectoral fin towards the front of the body with a hump on the outer side
- Spout: quite visible, bush-shaped
- Swim sequence: frequently rides bow waves
- Colouring: dark, greyish black without scars
Did you know?
The False Killer Whale is a fierce predator and can attack animals much bigger than itself.
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