Species: Globicephala macrorhynchus; Common name: Short-finned pilot whale; Synonyms: Globicephala sieboldii, Globicephala scammonii. Learn more about the Short-finned pilot whale – with amazing Short-finned pilot whale videos, photos and facts on Arkive. Description. “The short-finned pilot whale is one of two species of the genus Globicephala living in North American waters, mostly in tropical to temperate waters.

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Parvorder Mysticeti Baleen whales. The pectoral finsor flippers, are also curved like a sickle and are narrow and tapering, measuring about one-fifth to one-sixth of the body length 2 6 7 8. It measures around 30 centimetres in height and sits far forward on the body, usually lining up with the pectoral fins. The short-finned pilot whale is usually found in groups of 10 to They have been trained by the US Navy to locate military equipment from deep ocean depths for retrieval.

In the eastern Pacific, pilot whales are commonly associated with other species such as bottlenose, Pacific white-sided, and Risso’s dolphins, and sperm whales.

All species have grasping tentacles, and either an internal or external shell. Females mature at about 10 years of age and will start having calves every five to eight years. They follow schools of cephalopds Cephalopoda and linger in areas with quality habitat for their prey. Females are the sole caretakers of the calves, and both young and old females make a contribution.

But does the West’s moral outrage over the pursuit of our gentle leviathans amount to anything more than hypocrisy and cultural bullying?

By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. Female short-finned pilot whales reach sexual maturity at about 8 years of age, while males reach maturity later, at about 13 years.

Short-finned pilot whale – Wikipedia

The typical diet of the macrorhnychus pilot whale appears to consist of squid and fish, as well as other cephalopodssuch as octopuses 1 4 7 8 9. During the day, short-finned pilot whales are found resting and traveling, and socialize little. In certain restaurants or izakayaspilot whale steaks are marinated, cut into small chunks, and grilled.


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Description & Behavior

The short-finned pilot whale also has a light grey to white chevron just behind its macrorhyncnus and another white patch underneath and behind its dorsal fin 4 6. Females give birth to a single calf, suckle the calf, and teach it to hunt cephalopods Cephalopoda.

The rounded head of males protrudes over the lower jaw. Pilot whales are large, with bulbous heads, dramatically upsloping mouthlines, and extremely short or non-existent beaks. Johnstone and Cant, ; Kasuya and Marsh, ; McAuliffe and Whitehead, ; Pryor and Norris, ; Shane, Mating System polygynandrous promiscuous Breeding occurs between males and females from unrelated pods.

Short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus) longevity, ageing, and life history

There are 2 geographic forms of short-finned pilot whales off Japan. Pilot whales are dark gray to black in color with a lighter colored patch on the ventral surface, and Globicephala macrorhynchus short-finned pilot whales may also have a faint patch behind the dorsal fin. Join Us Support Our Efforts. They prefer tropical and sub-tropical waters and do not linger in areas of colder water such as the Arctic Ocean.

Kasuya and Marsh, macrorhynchs Their head region is described as having a bulging forehead, and globicwphala this are nicknamed melon heads. While ADW staff and contributors provide references to books and websites that we believe are reputable, we cannot necessarily endorse the contents of references beyond our control. Males rarely stay within the same pod after reaching sexual maturity. The average lifespan of females is 63 years, though they are only able to give birth until age Echolocation Detecting objects by reflected sound.

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The main threat to the short-finned pilot whale is bycatchor globiicephala take in fisheries, with the whales often becoming caught in fishing equipment such as gillnets, longlines and trawls 9. Male pilot whales compete for females by fighting and often display aggressive behavior with females, resulting in scarred flesh and occasional infections.


After weaning, young male short-finned pilot whales may move to a new group, whereas females tend to stay in the group into which they were born 7.

Young females are sexually mature in 7 to 12 years, and in 9 years on average. Males reach sexual maturity at 12 years of age or 4. A female macrrhynchus usually stop reproducing once reaching the age of about 40 years.

Pods are often found with around one mature male per every eight mature females. Proceedins of The Royal Society. The Animal Diversity Web is an educational resource written largely by and for college students. On average, their bodies are 4 to 6 m long. This species is featured in: Carretta and Chivers, Terms of Use – The displayed portlet may be used as a link from your website to Arkive’s online content for private, scientific, conservation or educational purposes only.

To cite this page: FAO species identification guide. Miguel Lozano is silver medallist World Depth Championship Size Average male length: Kasuya and Marsh, ; McAuliffe and Whitehead, ; Shane, Key Behaviors natatorial macrorhtnchus motile nomadic social Home Range Pods of short-finned pilot whales often stay within a few hundred miles and return to squid spawning sites yearly. University of California Press. X Close Link to this photo Embed this Arkive thumbnail link “portlet” by copying and pasting the code below.

globicfphala Marine mammals of the world. There are usually 7 to 9 short, sharply pointed teeth in the front of each tooth row.

Hunting is now illegal in some locations, but still occurs.