Long-Finned Pilot Whale
They are dark black - grey or brown with grey or white marks and they have a pair of long pectoral flippers.
Known to be a leisure swimmer, often seen floating motionless at the surface. The young like to breach.
Sub-polar and temperate zones; found in the North Atlantic and the southern hemisphere.
Inshore - offshore movements that correlate to the movement of their prey.
Social system/Group size
Groups of up to 100 are common and the pods are very stable. Often, they are seen in mixed groups with the Atlantic white-sided dolphin and the bottlenose dolphin.
Ca. 850 animals are hunted legally per year, although illegal hunting continues. Other threats are overfishing, noise and pollution.
They are the most common species to mass strandings with the most extreme one being 800 whales.