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False Killer Whale Skull measures 24.2 inches. False Killer Whale Skull is museum quality polyurethane resin cast. Made in USA. 2-part skull (separate cranium and jaw). Our precise skull can be used as a teaching tool, museum skull exhibit, home decor skull, or office decor skull.
The False Killer Whale, False Pilot Whale or Pseudorca crassidens is a species of oceanic dolphin that is the only extant representative of the genus Pseudorca. It is found in oceans worldwide but mainly frequents tropical regions.
It was first described in 1846 as a species of porpoise based on a skull, which was revised when the first carcasses were observed in 1861. The name “false killer whale” comes from the similar skull characteristics to the killer whale (Orcinus orca).
The False Killer Whale or Pseudorca crassidens reaches a maximum length of 6 m (20 ft), though size can vary around the world. It is highly sociable, known to form pods of up to 500 members, and can also form pods with other dolphin species, such as bottlenose dolphins (Tursiops truncatus).
The False Killer Whale or Pseudorca crassidens has also been known to feed on other dolphins, though it typically eats squid and fish. It is a deep-diving dolphin, with a maximum recorded depth of 3,043 ft; its maximum speed is around 18 mph.
The False Killer Whale or Pseudorca crassidens easily adapts to captivity and is kept in several aquariums around the world, though its aggression towards other dolphins makes it less desirable.
It is threatened by fishing operations, as it can become entangled in fishing gear. It is bruitally drive hunted in some Japanese villages.
The False Killer Whale or Pseudorca crassidens has a tendency to mass strand given its highly social nature, with the largest stranding consisting of 805 beached at Mar del Plata, Argentina. Most of what is known of this species comes from examining stranded individuals.
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