The Short-finned Pilot Whale is black with a white patch on the chin. The white patch may extend down the belly. The head is large and rounded with no beak. They have seven to nine teeth on each side of upper and lower jaw. The flippers are shorter than those of the Long-finned Pilot Whale - less than one fifth of the body length. The dorsal fin is located further forward on the body than on any other whale.
Males grow to 6m long and weigh up to 3000kg. Females grow to 4m long and weigh up to 1200 kg.
oceans, seas and bays. Migrates from cold to warm waters in water.
They eat squid and fish and use echolocation to help them locate food. They eat up to 45kg of food per day.
Single calf is born after gestation of 11 - 13 months. The young are weaned after about 2 years. Female gives birth only once every 7 years.
tropical and warm temperate waters of Indian, Pacific and Atlantic oceans in both northern and southern hemisphere
Map is from Atlas of Living Australia website at http://biocache.ala.org.au licensed under Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 Australia License
The conservation status in the 2004 IUCN Red List of Threatened Animals is "lower risk/conservation dependent".
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Relatives in same Genus
Long-finned Pilot Whale (G. melas)