How to Draw a False Killer Whale

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a False Killer Whale in 6 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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Below are the individual steps - you can click on each one for a High Resolution printable PDF version.

At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the False Killer Whale.

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How to Draw a False Killer Whale - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Draw a curve with a line in it.

Step 2: Draw a dot on the front of the curve, another line over the first, and a backwards C-shape with a dot in it next to the lines.

Step 3: From the top of the back of the head, draw a long curve with on wave shape in the middle.

Step 4: From the bottom of the head, draw another long curve. Add a W-shape on the underneath it, near the head.

Step 5: Near the end of the body, draw a sideways M-shape. Draw lines that connect it to the end of the body, and two lines that close off the open ends of the M.

Step 6: Draw a long curve that connects the eye to the tail. Done! You can color it black, with a grey throat and neck. This species was discovered in 1843, but thought to be extinct until 1861. Both the killer whale and false killer whale get their name because they hunt other cetaceans, but the two are only distantly related.

Interesting Facts about False Killer Whales

False Killer Whales are called that because they look like a Killer Whale, but they aren’t. They may have black and white bodies, but they aren’t whales at all. False Killer Whales are closer related to dolphins. A female grows to about 15 feet long, while males grow to 20 feet. Adults will weigh up to 1,500 pounds. False Killer Whales can be found in the Pacific Ocean. They like to eat squid and different kinds of fish.

Did you know?

  • The average lifespan of a False Killer Whale is 63 years.
  • False Killer Whales can mate with Dolphins. The calf was called a “Wholphin.”
  • The populations found off the coast of Hawaii are the most studied group by scientists.
  • The population near Japan is often killed by harpoon fishing.
  • A False Killer Whale is pregnant for 14 to 16 months.

Lesson Plan Note: At the beginning of class present your students with a drawing of a False Killer Whale. Ask them to show you what they think this animal looks like. When the class is finished with their coloring, then show them what it really looks like. Ask them what they think the animal is, when there is a space in the answers, start the lesson on what is a False Killer Whale.