Pilot whales

Pilot whales

Order : Cetacea
Suborder : Odontoceti
Family : Delphinidae
Genus : Globicephala

 

Animals in the genus Globicephala

Short-finned pilot whale
Long-finned pilot whale
Facts about the genus Globicephala, the pilot whales

" A common name for pilot whales is blackfish.

Although an extremely social species, Long-Finned Pilot Whales are not normally acrobatic, preferring to move slowly and 'log' at the surface.

Although an extremely social species, Short-Finned Pilot Whales are not normally acrobatic, preferring to move slowly and 'log' at the surface.

Aside from the fact that the number of North Atlantic long-finned pilot whales is unknown and they are listed as 'strictly protected' by the Convention on the Conservation of European Wildlife and Natural Habitats, this is an act of barbarism and pointlessness.

Globicephala is a member of the Delphinidae family and so are formally classified as dolphins although their behaviour is closer to that of the larger whales.

Individual variation in the colouration of pilot whales is known to occur; adults generally have light markings on the throat and belly and sometimes behind the dorsal fin and eye, typically a long anchor-shaped ventral patch, dorsal saddle and eye blaze are noted.

Pilot Whale 1 Pilot Whale 5 References Taxonomy Globicephala is a member of the whales.

PILOT WHALEGenus Globicephala is about 20 feet (6 m) long.

range map DISTRIBUTION AND MIGRATION In general, pilot whales are found in both the northern and southern hemispheres, in tropical and temperate waters throughout the world.

Taxonomy Globicephala is a member of the Delphinidae family and so are formally classified as dolphins although their behaviour is closer to that of the larger whales.

The location of pilot whales is closely related to the distribution of schools of squid, so these whales usually spend winters offshore, approaching the coast in summer and fall.

The pilot whale, in the genus Globicephala, is also considered a dolphin.

With A 'Whale' Of A Tummy Ache Now Gone, Stranded Pilot Whales Are Released

KSC-98PC-0181 - Two beached pilot whales are rescued by KSC and Sea World staff members near Launch Pad 39A (Full text)

The average frequency for long-finned pilot whales is 4480 Hz, while the average frequency for short-finned whales is 7870 Hz. (Full text)

Dr Gales says knowledge about pilot whales is limited and she hopes DNA and pollutant load tests will reveal more about the species. (Full text)

Storage and Preparation The meat and blubber of pilot whales is stored, prepared and eaten in a variety of ways. (Full text)

A school of pilot whales is not usually driven from a distance of more than 1 or 2 nautical miles from the coast. (Full text)

Main Entry: globicephala globicephala is one of more than 1,000,000 entries available at Merriam-WebsterUnabridged. (Full text)

Pilot whales are one of the most common inshore species in Newfoundland, especially when squid, their primary food, are plentiful. (Full text)

The genus name, Globicephala, is derived from the Latin word 'globus', meaning round ball or globe while the Greek work 'kephale' meaning head. (Full text)

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