False Killer Whale is False

I posted these pictures of a False Killer whale in a previous picture dump. I had never heard them before. Doug Perrine of SeaPics took these pictures while diving in Hawaii. The images show a gaping mouth and the images were presented as though this whale was a happy creature. Me, being a skeptic about anthropormorphizing animals such things, decided to find the real truth behind whether this whale was happy. Turns out, it probably was.

In spite of being named for something they're not, and in spite of this name being totally lame, False Killer whales or Pseudorca - pseudo + orca really? SooDORKa?!  - are generally amiable creatures to others of their kind and us. They share their prey. In Hawaiian waters, Pseudorca have offered fish to human snorkelers and divers. In BC waters, Pseudorca will often offer freshly caught salmon to people on boats. Isn't that sweet?

When they do offer salmon to humans on boats, the fish will already be tenderized with puncture marks from its head full of forty-four huge teeth.

Pseudorca's range

Swimmin' around with tuna in the mouth
[Photo: Daron Verbeck]

more tuna...
[Photo: Dan McSweeny/Wild Whale Research]

Mahimahi in the mouth
[Photo: Dan McSweeny/Wild Whale Research]

Look at me I'm a whale and me & my kid can hang
in the water mocking you

It's about 6 m (20 ft)

Teeth in the mouth
[Photo: CC Chapman]

Pseudorca is really one of the larger members of the dolphin family and further proof that it is not a killer (nor an orca) is the fact that members of this species are kept in a few aquariums around the world and are part of the performing troupe.

Happy as a dolphin. Only with a mouth so big it can swim around with you in its mouth

While I was searching for information and pictures to steal, I wondered what other strange whales are out there. Ones I've never heard of. I may as well find out now to avoid surprises, right? Are there anymore? Yes. Yes there are. Or maybe not.

North Atlantic Right whale. I have heard of this whale but it's worth including
Photos of the Right whale always show it with its mouth closed.
It looks like it's smiling a big dumb smile from the front...

...but from the side it's as a grumpy as dolphins are grinny

Melon Headed whale
It's not really melon headed. I was expecting side show freaks, dammit

Beaked whale...aaaand it looks like a dolphin
Fine. Just because a whale is referenced a lot doesn't mean I can't qualify it as freaky. Here are some strange looking whales you have heard of.

Sperm whales are pretty much all head

Narwals don't even have an 'e' on the end of their name.
WTF taxonomic nomenclature people?


Angie said...

"Sperm whales are pretty much all head"

Good one, Frimmy.

Frimmy said...

You liked that one, eh? Sometimes it's dry as a popcorn fart around here.

Unknown said...

Thanks for your help Sir.

David sends his love.

Frimmy said...

The old pacts shall be honoured. Muster your forces at first light...


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