False Killer Whales Hunt Sharks and Dolphins

False killer whale. Photo by Stefan Thiesen Buntrabe.

Everyone knows about killer whales, but few people know about false killer whales. That might sound like a bad joke, but it’s not. False killer whales are real animals, and they are nearly as vicious as their larger counterparts.

Like killer whales (aka orcas), false killer whales are actually oceanic dolphins, not whales, and they attack and kill fish, sharks, and even other dolphins.

Near the sleepy Australian town of Cronulla in New South Wales, a pod of false killer whales chased down a young shark and snatched the unfortunate fish like dogs with a chew toy.

The footage, captured by drone hobbyist Bruno Kataoka, is a perfect example of the wolf-like nature of these brutal ocean-going dolphins.


In this case, “Jaws” doesn’t stand a chance against the False Free Willies.

In fact, false killer whales can grow up to 20 feet (6.1 meters) in length and weigh as much as 4,900 pounds ( 2,200 kilograms).

By comparison, the biggest great whites have also been measured at 20 feet (6.1 meters) in length and weighed roughly 4,300 pounds (1,950 kilograms).

And that’s without mentioning that false killer whales are only the third largest species of oceanic dolphins!

Check out the amazing moment a pod of false killer whales began chasing a pod of dolphins in the video below:

Here’s an amazing clip of a pod hunting a Mahi-mah, also known as the dolphin fish:

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