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False Killer Whales Focus Sound Waves to 'See' Prey

The false killer whale is a cousin of the dolphin, the third largest member of the oceanic dolphin family.

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Wholphin hybrid of false killer whale and bottlenose dolphin

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The false killer whale is a cetacean, and the third-largest member of the oceanic dolphin family. It lives in temperate and tropical waters throughout the world.The average size of a male killer false whale is around 17 ft long and weigh around 4,800 pounds when fully matured. Females are usually shorter by 2 – 3 ft and weigh around 2,600 pounds.They have dark grey to black skin and the neck and throat area are a greyish color.

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The Pygmy Killer Whale (Feresa attenuata) is a cetacean of the Delphinidae family. Like the False Killer Whale, it derives its common name from sharing some physical characteristics with the real Killer Whale.

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Pictures of the day: 21 March 2013

A pilot whale flashes a killer smile as he homes in on his lunch, off Kona, Hawaii. by Doug Perrine.

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False Killer Whale - has a distinctively shaped pectoral fin that bulges in the front - has a rounded head or "melon"

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False Killer Whale

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false killer whale & calf, Pseudorca crassidens, Kona, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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False killer whale

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