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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Females nurse their calves for about 22 months. In a few sightings of pods, over several hundred animals have also been recorded. Smithsonian Institution Press, Washington, D.

Short-finned pilot whales are found in deep open waters near continental shelves, as well as in coastal areas. Macrorhynchjs pilot whales are nomadic and social animals that are primarily nocturnal. Adult males measure up to 6. Other females within the same pod will help the mother by watching her young while she is out hunting on her own.

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Females in the menopausal stage will readily help out the younger, breeding females. In other projects Wikimedia Commons Wikispecies. Deep Music Digitally Imported Pandora. The species has been heavily hunted in the western Northern Pacific. Marine Mammals of the World.

Pacific white-sided dolphin Lagenorhynchus obliquidens. The weaning period lasts 24 months, and the macrorhhynchus are independent after 3 years.

This page was last edited on 18 Decemberat They follow schools of cephalopds Cephalopoda and linger in areas with quality habitat for their prey.

Hunting is now illegal in some locations, but still occurs. Common minke whale B. Balaenoptera Common minke whale B.


Globicephala macrorhynchus

It is assumed that these deep foraging dives happen when benthic-dwelling prey rise and sink in the water column in association with changes in sunlight. Size Average male length: However, individuals may sometimes move towards the coast 2even occasionally coming far enough inshore to become stranded 8. Academic Press, San Diego, California. Rodents of Unusual Size communitycoypudocumentaryecosystemenvironmentfilmmakerfilmmakinginvasiveinvasive speciesrodentsUSAWetlandswildlife Monday 24 September Wildscreen With – Tom Hooker: Although detailed studies of behaviour have only begun recently, pilot whales appear to live in relatively stable female-based groups.

In certain restaurants or izakayaspilot whale steaks are marinated, cut into small chunks, and grilled. A typical male short-finned pilot whale will live for approximately 45 years and a typical female for about 55 years 2although the female will usually stop reproducing after about 40 years old 7.

The Canary Islands, together with Hawaii, are the only two places in the world which have resident populations. AfricachimpanzeeconservationfilmIn the Fieldlab chimpsLiberiaPrimatesprimatologyrehabilitationtrue storywildlifewildlife filmWildscreen Festival.

Mothers communicate physically by nudging their newborns to the surface. 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. Wildscreen With – Tom Hooker: Short-finned pilot whales, unlike the related long-finned pilot whale, are found in most waters around the world. Pilot whales are often found in captivity. Globicephala macrorhynchus Gray, Pygmy right whale C.

Short-finned pilot whale range The short-finned pilot whale is found worldwide in offshore tropical, subtropical and warm temperate waters 1 4 6 7 8. Physeter Sperm whale P. Their eyes are specially adapted for macrorhynchjs at changing ocean depths.

The shape of the head varies significantly with age and sex, becoming more globose in adult males. Males reach sexual maturity at 12 years of age or 4.


They are sometimes seen logging and will allow boats to get quite close. The short-finned pilot whale macrorgynchus also reported from the western North Pacific in the Sea of Japan, as well as in the macroryynchus Red Sea and the Indian Ocean 1 6 7.

They have grey or almost white patches on their bellies and throats and a grey or white stripe which goes diagonally upwards from behind each eye. Some older females have been recorded actually taking care of calves that are not their own.

They tend gglobicephala be quite slender when they are young, becoming more stocky as they get older. The short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus is relatively large member of the dolphin family Delphinidaeand is known for its rather large, globular head.

Print PDF Search species. Subspecies A population usually restricted to a geographical area that differs from other populations of the same species, but not to the extent of being classified as a separate species. The cause of the mass strandings is unknown, although several theories exist such as sonar problems or parasitic infections that interfere with the central nervous system causing neurological disorders.

Females form kinship pods and males migrate from pod to pod. Johns Hopkins University Press. Long-finned pilot whale Globicephala melas. Authentication This information is awaiting authentication by a species expert, and will be updated as soon as possible.