A child interacts with a False killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens) at the Vancouver Aquarium in Vancouver, Canada.

A child interacts with a False killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens) at the Vancouver Aquarium in Vancouver, Canada. Stock Photo

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Felix Choo / Alamy Stock Photo

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4608 x 3072 px | 39 x 26 cm | 15.4 x 10.2 inches | 300dpi

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6 August 2016


Vancouver Aquarium, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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The false killer whale (Pseudorca crassidens) is a cetacean, and the third-largest member of the oceanic dolphin family (Delphinidae). It lives in temperate and tropical waters throughout the world. As its name implies, the false killer whale shares characteristics, such as appearance, with the more widely known killer whale. Like the killer whale, the false killer whale attacks and kills other cetaceans, but the two species do not belong to the same genus. The false killer whale has not been extensively studied in the wild; much of the data about it have been derived by examining stranded false killer whales. The false killer whale appears to have a widespread, if small, presence in tropical and semitropical oceanic waters. A few of these whales have been found in temperate water, but these are probably stray individuals. Their most common habitat is the open ocean, though they also frequent other areas. They have been sighted in fairly shallow waters such as the Mediterranean Sea and Red Sea, as well as the Atlantic Ocean (from Scotland to Argentina), the Indian Ocean (in coastal regions and around the Lakshadweep Islands), the Pacific Ocean (from the Sea of Japan to New Zealand and the tropical area of the eastern side), and in Hawaii. False killer whales are kept in captivity and studied in the wild by scientists. Several public aquaria display them. These whales have been known to approach and offer fish they have caught to humans diving or boating. *** The Vancouver Aquarium (officially the Vancouver Aquarium Marine Science Centre) is a public aquarium located in Stanley Park in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. In addition to being a major tourist attraction for Vancouver, the aquarium is a centre for marine research, conservation and marine animal rehabilitation. *** Description sourced from Wikipedia.

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