Protecting false killer whales

National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration via AP file photo

False killer whales swim off the coast of Oahu in this 2016 photo.

Caleb Jones / AP file photo

Kina, a 41-year-old false killer whale, works with trainer Jeff Pawloski at Sea Life Park in Waimanalo, Oahu, in this 2017 photo.

LIHUE — Kauai waters are now critical habitat for false killer whales, thanks to a National Marine Fisheries Service designation published Tuesday in the Federal Register.