This whale species reaches about four to six metres in length at full size and weighs between 1.8 and 3.5 tonnes at adulthood.
The Long-Finned Pilot Whale travels in pods of between 10 and 50 individuals. Sometimes, this number exceeds hundreds, and even thousands, of individual whales for short periods of time.
They are active animals, and are often observed spyhopping and lobtailing at the ocean’s surface. Although they usually dive to depths of between 30 and 60 metres, they are capable of reaching impressive depths of up to 600 metres.
Where to Find Them
Long-Finned Pilot Whales prefer deep water and are found in the cold temperate and sub-polar waters of the world with the exception of the North Pacific Ocean. There are two specific populations - those in the North Atlantic and those found in a belt across the Southern Hemisphere. Some stay offshore or inshore, while others travel from inshore to offshore.
On each of their jaws, these whales have between 16 and 24 teeth, making them adept hunters. They feed on fish and squid, with are easy to seize and chew with their teeth.
The biggest threats to the Long-Finned Pilot Whale are hunting / whaling and fishing nets. Once the whale becomes entangled in a net, it cannot reach the surface of the water for air, and soon drowns.
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