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Short-finned Pilot Whale

The Short-finned Pilot Whale is not a whale but belongs in fact to the dolphin family. Its name describes well its appearance as it has shorter fins than its close cousin, the Long-finned Pilot Whale.


Contrary to its cousin, the Short-finned Pilot Whale is quite large but it is still smaller then the Long-finned Pilot Whale. Its length ranges from 4 up to 4.5 meters long. Its weight can reach up to 2.5 tons.

The scientific name of this type of dolphin is Globicephala Macrohyncus. The term Globicephala refers to the roundness of its head. These dolphins food is mainly composed of cephalopods.


If you wish to see a picture of two marine mammals belonging to the Short-finned Pilot Whale specie, go on the main page of this site called: "What are the 32 types of dolphins?" You will also notice pictures of other types of dolphins. Each specie also has an informative article that you can read to get to know each specie better.




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