Dark grey to black body with paler areas on the chest and head. Rounded head and very short snout. Up to 6.1 m long.
False Killer Whales are social and live in small to medium pods (typically 10-30 individuals). They will actively swim in the wakes and bow waves of ships. This is the most common cetacean species involved in mass strandings.
Tropical and temperate waters.
Worldwide. Most Australian waters. Potentially near Port Phillip, recorded from Victoria.
Recorded in Australia
- CITES : Trade restrictions (Appendix II)
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Data Deficient