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Published on Jun 17, 2010
Short-finned pilot whale - presented by Jack the Lizard More images and stories are at Jack the Lizard Wonder World http://www.animal-dino.com
Rotund head is remarkable feature of pilot whales. Long-finned and Short-finned pilot whales are in the pilot whale family. Short-finned pilot whales can be found from the temperate to the tropical oceans of the world. They usually form groups of 15 to 50 individuals. Main diet is squid, but they also eat fish and octopus. During the night they dive into deep water between 300 to 500m (1000 to 1600ft) to catch prey. The Short-finned pilot whale grows up to 7.3m (24ft) in length and weighs about 3000kg (6600lb). The longevity is 45 years for males and 60 years for females. The Long-finned pilot whale has longer flippers and reaches about 7.6m (25ft). Both of them are the members of the dolphin family, not whales.