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False Killer Whale

False Killer Whale

The size of a False Killer Whale compared to an average human
The size of a False Killer Whale
compared to an average human

False Killer Whale Range Map (Worldwide)
False Killer Whale Range Map (Worldwide)
Latin Name Pseudorca crassidens
Conservation Status Data Deficient
Location Warm Waters Worldwide
Colour Black or Dark Grey
Length 5 - 6 m (16 - 20 ft)
Weight 1.3 - 1.4 tonnes (1.25 - 1.37 tons)
Life Expectancy 55 - 65 Yrs (Approx)

Main Characteristics

False Killer Whales are the third largest member of the oceanic dolphin family. They are between 5 and 6 m (16 - 20 ft) in length and they weigh between 1.3 and 1.4 tonnes (1.25 - 1.37 tons).

They have a long, slender body and they are black or dark grey in colour. They have a sickle shaped dorsal fin and they have short, narrow, pointed flippers that feature an "elbow", similar to those of the long-finned pilot whale.


False Killer Whales can be found in tropical and temperate waters worldwide.


False Killer Whales feed on fish, squid and other cetaceans.


After a gestation period of 15 months, females give birth to a single calf. They nurse their calf for approximately 2 years and youngsters fully mature between 8 and 14 years of age.



There are no subspecies of the False Killer Whale.

Interesting Facts

Similar Animals

Killer Whale
Pygmy Killer Whale
Short-Finned Pilot Whale
Long-Finned Pilot Whale

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