False killer whale in the Fiji
False killer whales are the third-largest member of the oceanic
dolphin family (Delphinidae).
The live in temperate and tropical waters throughout the the
They likely got their name as the false killer whale attacks and
kills other whales and dolphins. But their appearance and
behaviour differs from the killer whales and they do not belong
to the same genus..
The false killer whale is a
very social animal and lives in strong family bonds in
very small groups of 10 to 20 animals outside the reefs
as a deep water species.
False killer whales are very playful around boats. They
are very curios and may approach a drifting boat or a
group of snorkellers even offering fish.
On one occasion during an encounter north of Ovalau's Na
Lobaloba reef, the whales where playing with a Mahimahi
they had caught and repeatedly dropped it in front of
bite of a cooky cutter shark on the False killer whales back. A
typical injury on a deep water living whale or dolphin.
Cooky cutters are the smallest shark and spend daytime in deep
water beyond the light zone. In the night they come to the
surface an bite sleeping whales.