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False Killer Whale Photos Showing This Dolphin at Risk from Longline Fisheries

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The False Killer Whale, Pseudorca crassidens, is a cetacean and one of the larger members of the dolphin family.

On March 17, 2009 three environmental groups sued the U S federal government for allegedly failing to prevent longline fishing fleets from repeatedly accidentally snagging false killer whales off Hawaii. Earthjustice filed the lawsuit against the National Marine Fisheries Service in U.S. District Court in Honolulu on behalf of Hui Malama i Kohola, the Center for Biological Diversity and the Turtle Island Restoration Network.

The complaint, citing 2007 federal data, alleges longline fishing vessels are accidentally ensnaring false killer whales off Hawaii at twice the rate the species population can sustain. The agency's failure to take steps to protect the whales violates the Marine Mammal Protection Act and the Administrative Procedure Act, the lawsuit said, and that the National Marine Fisheries Service is required by law to develop a plan to reduce the bycatch of false killer whales.

Longline fishing vessels string lines in the ocean, ranging from 1 mile to 50 miles long, to catch tuna and yellowtail. They run smaller lines with baited hooks off the central line and wait for the bait to attract fish. False killer whales who also habitually share prey with one another see the fish caught on the line as food. The bycatch danger posed to the species is heightened because there are so few of the whales.

False killer whales look similar to the killer whale, Orcinus Orca, but they are not closely related. It is very social, living in groups of 10 to 50 animals, and is a fast swimmer, and will breach out of the water and dive. It will approach boats and bow and wake ride like other dolphins, and also brings its head out of the ocean with its mouth wide to display a fearsome set of 44 teeth. The false killer whale has a slender body, dark grey to black, grows to 18 feet long, and can live to about 60 years old. False killer whales are particularly vulnerable because they don't reproduce quickly or frequently. They're known to start calving at around 15 or 16 years old, and reproduce roughly every seven years.

Several public aquariums in the world have false killer whales as an exhibit on display. In Hawaii, a male false killer whale was bred to a bottlenose dolphin, Tursiops truncatus, to produce a hybrid known as a wholphin. She and her surviving offspring are displayed at Sea Life Park in Oahu, Hawaii.

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Picture of a false killer whale, Pseudorca crassidens, with mouth open showing its teeth

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Stock photo of a false killer whale, Pseudorca crassidens, with a mahi mahi, Coryphaena hippurus, in its mouth, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Image of a false killer whale, Pseudorca crassidens, Lanai, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Photo of a false killer whale and calf, Pseudorca crassidens, Kona, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Picture of a false killer whale and calf, Pseudorca crassidens, Kona, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of a false killer whale, Pseudorca crassidens, Oahu, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Image of a false killer whale, Pseudorca crassidens, off Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Photo of a false killer whale, Pseudorca crassidens, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Picture of a false killer whale, Pseudorca crassidens, Hawaii

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Stock photo of a false killer whale, Pseudorca crassidens

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Image of a false killer whale, Pseudorca crassidens, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Photo of a false killer whale, Pseudorca crassidens, biting an African pompano, Alectis ciliaris. The whales in the pod played with the fish they had captured for an extended period, passing it among themselves and to the photographer, Kona, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Picture of a false killer whale, Pseudorca crassidens, off Kohala Coast, Big Island, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Stock photo of a false killer whale, Pseudorca crassidens, diving after dropping an African pompano, Alectis ciliaris that it had been carrying in its mouth. The whale later seized the fish again and passed it to another whale, which dropped it in front of the photographer, as if offering it; Kona, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Image of a false killer whale, Pseudorca crassidens, releasing bubble stream as it swims past photographer, Kona, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Photo of a pod of false killer whales, Pseudorca crassidens, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Picture of a false killer whale, Pseudorca crassidens, Kona, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean. In the distant background, a fish drifts down into the depths that had been captured and passed around among the members of the whale pod, and eventually abandoned

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Stock photo of a pod of false killer whales, Pseudorca crassidens, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Image of a false killer whale, Pseudorca crassidens, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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Photo of a pod of false killer whales, Pseudorca crassidens, sharing their catch - one whale passes an African pompano, Alectis ciliaris, to another member of the pod, Kona, Hawaii, Pacific Ocean

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