The Long-finned pilot whale is black with a white belly. The body is robust and cylindrical in shape, tapering towards the long tail. The head is rounded. The dorsal fin is low with long base and positioned well forward on the body. The flippers are up to about a quarter of the body length.
The average length is 5m - 6m. Males may grow up to 8m.
They eat squid and small fish using echolocation to help them locate food. They can dive to 600m deep in search of food.
Single calf is born after gestation of 15 to 16 months. The young are weaned after about 20 months. The young are about 1.4 m at birth and brown or gray-brown in color.
Found in cooler waters of both northern and southern hemispheres. The northern and southern populations are separated by the warm tropical waters and do not interbreed.
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
|Common Name:||Long-finned Pilot Whale|
Relatives in same Genus
Short-finned Pilot Whale (G. macrorhynchus)