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Scientific Classification

Kingdom:Animalia
Phylum:Chordata
Class:Mammalia
Order:Cetacea
Family:Delphinidae
Genus:Globicephala
Genus species:Globicephala melas

Animal Characteristics

Head-Body Length:5.5-6.3 m
Weight:1800-3500 kg
Identification:The pilot whale is dark brown to gray-black. It has a paler, anchor-shaped patch on its throat and chest and gray/white streaks behind its eyes and saddle patch. The dorsal fin of this whale is low and rounded, and the flippers are long and pointed.
Habitat:Sub-polar and temperate oceans
Diet:Carnivore: squid, fish
Reproduction:Mating season runs through February and March. A female gestates for 15-16 months before giving birth to single calf, which she will nurse for almost two years. Pilot whales can live as long as 60 years.
This whale species can be found in large pods of 50-100 members.
Status:No special status
Interesting Facts:Pilot whales are often found stranded on beaches. The worst threat posed to their populations are the coastal hunts off Newfoundland and the Faroe Islands.

Other Information

Geographic:Northern Atlantic Ocean
Temperate southern oceans
Date:1965-11 Subjects:Long-finned pilot whale
sea mammal
Globicephala melaena
Globicephala
Delphinidae
Toothed whales
Whales
Cetacea
Mammals
Vertebrates
Chordata