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Melon-Headed Whale


Scientific Name:
Peponocephala electra
Length:
2.5 - 2.8 m (8.2 - 9.2 ft)
Weight:
275 kg (600 lbs)
Status:
good to go
Prey:
Small fish, squid and shrimp

Physical characteristics

The body is black or grey, the lips are white, the undersides are pale grey, and there is a dark eye patch around the face. It is long and slim, has a long tail, and is similar in appearance to the pygmy killer whale.

Behavioral characterization

They make small leaps out of the water and occasionally breach.

Distribution

Tropical waters all around the world

Population size

Unknown

Predators

N/A

Migration/Dispersal patterns

No migration known.

Social system/Group size

They are highly social and usually seen in groups of 100 - 500. Occasionally, they assemble with other cetaceans.

Major threats

Pollution and noise.

Research efforts

N/A

Fun fact

A pod of 2,000 melon headed whales has been seen traveling together.