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Short-Finned Pilot Whale


Scientific Name:
Globicephala macrorhyncus
Length:
3.5-6.5m (11.4-21.3 ft)
Weight:
907-3,628 kg (1-4 tons)
Status:
good to go
Prey:
squid, fish, octopous

Physical characteristics

stocky, bulbous forehead, sharp pointed flippers

Behavioral characterization

Limited information, but considered highly social

Distribution

Found primarily in deep waters throughout tropical and subtropical areas of the world.

Population size

About 60,000

Predators

Sharks

Migration/Dispersal patterns

No set migration pattern.

Social system/Group size

25 to 50 animals

Major threats

Bycatch: gillnets, longlines, and trawl. Drive fisheries in Japan. Ship strikes.

Research efforts

NMFS working to address the impact of pelagic longline fishing on pilot whales.

Fun fact

They are the second largest species in the dolphin family after killer whales.