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Pilot whales are cetaceans belonging to the genus Globicephala. The two extant species are the long-finned pilot whale (G. melas) and the short-finned pilot whale (G. macrorhynchus). The two are not readily distinguishable at sea, and analysis of the skulls is the best way to distinguish between the species. Between the ...


There are two species of pilot whales – long finned and short finned. If you have sighted one in New Zealand's waters it is almost certainly a long finned pilot whale. They roam throughout the cold temperate waters of the Southern Ocean. Short finned pilot whales tend to inhabit more sub-tropical and tropical zones.


There are currently two recognised species of pilot whale, the short-finned and long-finned, although it is difficult if not impossible to distinguish the two species from one another whilst at sea. Their distributional range rarely overlaps however with the short-finned species preferring warm temperate and tropical waters and  ...


Feb 25, 2017 ... Pilot whales — the second-largest dolphin in the world — are known for mass strandings. The theories as to why and other fascinating facts about these mammals.


Pilot Whales are dark black in color most of the time. Some of them are a dark gray. There are two species of the Pilot whale, but it is often very hard to tell.


Description & Behavior. Pilot whales are actually two species: Globicephala melas (Traill, 1809, long-finned) and Globicephala macrorhynchus (Gray, 1846, short-finned), and are large dolphin species second only to orca (killer whales) in size. Adult males measure up to 6.1 m in length and weigh up to 2,722 kg.


The long-finned pilot whale is not actually a whale, but a dolphin. Along with the related short-finned pilot whale, this species was once called a 'pothead', as the bulbous head was thought to resemble a black cooking pot by the early whalers that first encountered the species. The Latin name of this genus, Globicephala, ...


Long-finned pilot whales are active predators that eat mostly squid, including relatively large-bodied species. They will also eat bony fishes when they are common. In some areas, the long-finned pilot whale can be observed forming mixed species groups with sperm whales (another toothed whale that feeds preferentially ...


Pilot whale, (genus Globicephala), also called blackfish or pothead, either of two species of small, slender toothed whales with a round, bulging forehead, a short beaklike snout, and slender, pointed flippers. Pilot whales are about 4–6 metres ( 13–20 feet) long and are found in all the oceans of the world except the Arctic.