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Long-finned Pilot Whale Globicephala melas


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Pilot whale cow and calf - Ireland
credit: Mmo iwdg/CCSA

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Alternate name: Blackfish/Common Pilot Whale

Family: Delphinidae, Ocean Dolphins view all from this family

Description Has long flippers with a sharp elbow-like bend. 8-12 pairs of teeth..

Dimensions 6.2m, 2320kg; / 5.12m, 1320kg

Habitat Offshore waters

Range New England, Mid-Atlantic, Southeast, Eastern Canada, Alaska

Discussion Swims in groups of 10-50 in northern and temperate waters off the east coast. Follow feeding squid inshore in summer and fall, then offshore in winter and spring. Also feed on mackerel