The Pilot Whale

pilot whale

In general, the pilot whale is found in both the northern and southern hemispheres, in tropical and temperate waters throughout the world. Short-finned whales tend to be found in warmer waters, while cold and more temperate waters are preferred by the long-finned variety. There are some areas of overlap between the two species, but they remain segregated in most areas. This whale variety has a distinct rounded head with a very slight beak and an up-curved mouth line. In males the rounded head may protrude up to 4 inches over the lower jaw. Its body is long and stocky, narrowing along the caudal tailstock. Generally all black to coal gray, has a white or light gray anchor-shaped patch on its bottom surface. It feeds primarily on squid, although it's known to eat octopus, cuttlefish, herring and other small fish.



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