The false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens) is a cetacean and is the third largest member of the dolphin family. They resemble Orcas,the “killer whale”, in appearance, but are not closely related. However, similar to Orcas, False Killer Whales do kill other cetaceans. These animals are not well studied, but apparently live in both temperate and tropcial oceanic waters. These creatures are threatened by the fishing industry as they are caught as bycatch and are hunted in some areas of the world.
Although not often seen at sea, false killer whales have a widespread distribution. They have been sighted in fairly shallow waters such as the Mediterranean Sea and Red Sea as well as the Atlantic, Indian, and Pacific Oceans.
Here is a map of their distribution:
The False Killer Whale is black with a grey throat and neck. It has a slender body with an elongated tapered head. This species is the only member of the Pseudorca genus. Like the killer whale, they also attack and kill other cetaceans.
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