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False Killer Whale

Pseudorca crassidens

Description:

Large black, and slender member of the Globiocephalidae family (Orca, False Orca and Pilot Whales). Adults grow 4-5m long and weigh in between 1-2 tonnes. Males generally larger than females. Have 44 round, sharpened peg-like teeth. Fins are swept back with flippers having the appearance of an 'elbow' and a relatively small 'sickle' shaped dorsal.

Habitat:

Found throughout most tropical and temperate seas. This one individual was seen just off Raoul Island in the Kermadec group. Often seen in large pods of 20 plus animals, it will sometimes form Mega Pods of many hundreds.

Notes:

Not a well studied species, the best studies having been done with animals in Hawaii. Unfortunately showing a great decline in numbers there and now classed as endangered in the USA. World wide numbers have not been so well documented but reasonable to assume same patterns. Ref: Wikipedia and other sources.

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20 Comments

triggsturner
triggsturner 6 years ago

Thanks Mark, really appreciate your comment. Rob

Mark Ridgway
Mark Ridgway 6 years ago

Great shots. Congrats and thanks for sharing all your incredible stuff.

triggsturner
triggsturner 6 years ago

Thank you Venusflytrap2000. My pleasure to share this spotting with you all.

CalebSteindel
CalebSteindel 6 years ago

Congratulations! Terrific spotting!

triggsturner
triggsturner 6 years ago

Thank you Jill.

JillBlack
JillBlack 6 years ago

Congratulations on spotting of the week

triggsturner
triggsturner 6 years ago

Thank you so much Jim, Polilla and Michael for your comments. Yes Polilla, as far as I could see this animal was on its own which is apparantly unusual for this species. To be fair I just noticed this black shadow under the water and followed it with the lens. As luck would have it it breached in front of me. I had no idea what it was until it surfaced so wasn't really looking for any others. It was gone just as quickly.

Michael Strydom
Michael Strydom 6 years ago

Congrats !! :)

Jim Nelson
Jim Nelson 6 years ago

Well done, Triggs!

triggsturner
triggsturner 6 years ago

Thank you Sergio

Sergio Monteiro
Sergio Monteiro 6 years ago

Congratulations.

triggsturner
triggsturner 6 years ago

Thank you Chris, Lauren, Neil and Mark. My pleasure to share with you. I had never seen one before either Neil but was unmistakable when it erupted from the water.

MacChristiansen
MacChristiansen 6 years ago

Congratulation Bob on your SOTW, great pics

Neil Ross
Neil Ross 6 years ago

Congrats, Triggs. A wonderful spotting. I've heard of these whales, but until now had never seen one. Thanks for the intro :)

LaurenZarate
LaurenZarate 6 years ago

Congratulations triggsturner! Wonderful spotting!

Chris Taklis
Chris Taklis 6 years ago

wonderful shot. congratulations for the SOTW.

triggsturner
triggsturner 6 years ago

Oh wow! Thank you Lisa and other PN Rangers for voting this SOTW. It was an incredible experience to see this wonderful creature in such an extraordinary place.

LisaPowers
LisaPowers 6 years ago

Congratulations triggsturner! This amazing spotting has been selected as our PN Spotting of the Week! Thank you so much for sharing with us!

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triggsturner
triggsturner 6 years ago

Thank you Ashley. Always an honour to be nominated.

AshleyT
AshleyT 6 years ago

Your spotting has been nominated for the Spotting of the Week. The winner will be chosen by the Project Noah Rangers based on a combination of factors including: uniqueness of the shot, status of the organism (for example, rare or endangered), quality of the information provided in the habitat and description sections. There is a subjective element, of course; the spotting with the highest number of Ranger votes is chosen. Congratulations on being nominated!

triggsturner
Spotted by
triggsturner

New Zealand

Spotted on Apr 3, 2016
Submitted on Apr 7, 2016

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