Species of oceanic dolphin that is found in oceans worldwide but mainly frequents tropical regions. The name “false killer whale” comes from the similar skull characteristics to the killer whale (Orcinus orca).
It is highly sociable, known to form pods of up to 50 members, and can also form pods with other dolphin species. The false killer whale tends to mass strand given its highly social nature, with the largest stranding consisting of 805 beached in Mar del Plata, Argentina.
Being a toothed whale, the false killer whale can echolocate using its melon organ in the forehead to create sound, which it uses to navigate and find prey.
They can form close bonds with other species, as well as partake in sexual (including both heterosexual and homosexual) interactions with them. Conversely, the false killer whale has also been known to feed on other dolphins, though it typically eats squid and fish. It is a deep-diving dolphin, with a maximum recorded depth of 927.5 metres, its maximum speed is around 29 km/h.
- Length; 6m,
- Weight; 2000 kg
- Life span; 60 years.
- Sexually mature at 8-11 years,
- Gestation; 15 months