False killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens)
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Recorded distribution in Britain and IrelandHas been recorded off the west coasts of Scotland, east of the Orkney Isles and north-west of County Mayo, Ireland.
HabitatThe false killer whale is an offshore species although little is known about their prefered bathymetry.
- Slender body up to 6 m in length.
- Tall dorsal fin located on the middle of the back.
- Very deepened tail stock.
- Entirely black in colour.
- Rounded head with no beak.
- Flippers bent at the mid-point.
- Straight mouthline.
Additional informationFalse killer whales are usually found in pairs or in groups up to several hundred individuals. Their surface behaviour is typical of dolphins with acrobatic leaps and bow-riding are not uncommon. Dive duration is unknown (Kinze, 2002).
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Last Updated: 02/06/2008