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False Killer Whale: Rare Hawaii Dolphin Recommended For Endangered Species List By National Marine Fisheries Service

AUDREY McAVOY   11/16/10 07:33 PM ET   AP

False Killer Whale

HONOLULU — The federal government is recommending that a small population of dolphins living near Hawaii be placed on the endangered species list.

The National Marine Fisheries Service said Tuesday it's identified 29 threats to the population's survival.

The agency is due to post its recommendation in the Federal Register on Wednesday.

The species is called the "false killer whale" even though it's a dolphin and doesn't look like a killer whale.

An agency study published in August says the small population is in danger of inbreeding and of getting caught on fishing lines.

False killer whales are found in tropical and temperate waters worldwide. But scientists estimate only about 150 or 170 live in waters up to 87 miles off Hawaii.

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