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Wholphin Photos Showing This Hybrid of a Dolphin and a False Killer Whale

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Wholphin, sometimes written wolphin, is the name given to a hybrid marine mammal born by crossing a dolphin and a false killer whale, the latter of which is actually a species of dolphin, despite its name. The only verifiable examples of this are the wholphins born at Sea Life Park in Oahu, Hawaii. One is an individual named Kekaimalu, born in 1985, that is a cross between a bottlenose dolphin, Tursiops truncatus, and a false killer whale, Pseudorca crassidens.

Kekaimalu, a female, was born at the sea park where her mother, Punahele, a dolphin, and Tanui Hahai, a false killer whale, shared the same pool. Kekeimalu has an appearance that is intermediate between her two parents. She is darker in color than her dolphin mother, and she has 66 teeth, as opposed to the 88 of a bottlenose dolphin and 44 of a false killer whale.

In the animal world, hybrids are often sterile, but Kekaimalu has had 3 calves since her birth. One died after a few days, one lived to the age of 9, and the most recent, a female named Kawili'Kai, born Dec. 23, 2004, is five years old. Kawaili'Kai is more dolphin than her mother, as she was sired by a bottlenose dolphin. While she may still be considered a wholphin, she is 3/4 bottlenose dolphin and one quarter false killer whale. She is more dolphin-like than her mother, but larger than a typical bottlenose dolphin.

Wholphins have been reported to exist in the wild, but their existence is difficult to verify in the absence of DNA evidence. Some species have been known to interbreed in the wild, such as wolves and coyotes, mule deer and white-tailed deer, and barred owls and spotted owls. As a curiosity, wolphins take their place with the other unusual man-assisted crosses, such as ligers (lion & tiger hybrids) and zorses (zebra & horse hybrids).

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Picture of Kekaimalu, whose name means 'from the peaceful ocean', a wholphin or wolphin, the only known living hybrid of a false killer whale, Pseudorca crassidens, and Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, Tursiops truncatus, Sea Life Park, Oahu

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Stock photo of a wholphin or wolphin, the hybrid of a false killer whale, Pseudorca crassidens, and a bottlenose dolphin, Tursiops truncatus, Sea Life Park, Oahu

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Image of a wolphin, a hybrid of a false killer whale, Pseudorca crassidens, and bottlenose dolphin, Tursiops truncatus, Oahu, Hawaii

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Photo of a wholphin or wolphin, the hybrid of a false killer whale, Pseudorca crassidens, and a bottlenose dolphin, Tursiops truncatus, Sea Life Park, Oahu

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Picture of Kekaimalu, a wholphin or wolphin, the only known living hybrid of a false killer whale and Atlantic bottlenose dolphin. She gave birth to a female calf on December 23, 2004, shown here at 3 months old, she is 3/4 dolphin and 1/4 whale, Sea Life Park, Oahu, Hawaii

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Stock photo of a wholphin or wolphin, the hybrid of a false killer whale, Pseudorca crassidens, and a bottlenose dolphin, Tursiops truncatus, Sea Life Park, Oahu

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Image of Kekaimalu, a wholphin or wolphin, the only known living hybrid of a false killer whale, Pseudorca crassidens, and Atlantic bottlenose dolphin, Tursiops truncatus, Sea Life Park, Oahu

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