You are likely familiar with killer whales, especially in aquariums where they are presented in presentations.
But have you heard of fake killer whales?
Despite being one of the lesser-known species in the dolphin family, a TikToker took the time to provide some hilarious glimpse into the fake killer whale and its distinctive traits.
And people freaked out.
Mamadou B. Ndiaye, named on TikTok @ mndiaye_97, described the fake killer whale as “the paralyzing demon of every shark”. It is a species of dolphin that occurs mainly in tropical regions and has a head shape similar to that of a killer whale (orca).
With completely black epidermis (similar to the Rubber Man in American horror story Anthology series) and large, pointy, pearly white teeth, the false killer whale appears to be more threatening than typical marine mammals, with some reaching 6 meters long and weighing over 4,000 pounds.
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In fact, false killer whales are some of the friendliest porpoises in the deep blue ocean. Revered as gregarious creatures, the species form friendships and form pods of up to 500 members.
That’s a lot of members.
Ndiaye went on to explain that the sympathetic demeanor of the false killer whales goes beyond circles of friends.
Some of them have been spotted in heterosexual and homosexual relationships with other dolphins.
At the other end of the spectrum, evidence also suggests that false killer whales sometimes eat orcas and dolphins, which in some ways explains why they are not seen in aquariums.
Despite the fake appearance of the killer whales and the occasional downfall in eating orcas and dolphins, they are also friendly to people and even offer them caught fish as gifts.
The people in the comments section of the video didn’t seem too convinced that “falsehood is kind.”
“Why do their eyes look like human eyes,” someone wrote.
“I don’t like that their eyes are capable of complex planning and aspiration,” wrote one person while a third added, “Their eyes told me what they screwed up before you.”
Someone else said the fake killer whale looked like “poison from the sea”.
It is not transparent how many false killer whales there are in the world. However, if you come across one, now you understand that it is not just an orca living out a Gothic reality.