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Long Finned Pilot Whale

marine life of Namibia

Introduction: The long-finned pilot whale (Globicephala melaena) is a small whale with bulbous head. As with the killer whale, this is really a dolphin and not a whale. The dorsal fin is upper mid-body and it is similar in appearance to the short-finned pilot whale, but is distinguishable by a white streak behind the eye. It has long flippers which are up to 20% of the body length.

They are known to socialise with bottlenose dolphins and and Risso's dolphin. Schools of 15 to 25 are common and can reach, but rarely exceed 100. Long-finned pilot whales often get stranded on beaches, due to their strong family bonds. When a member gets stuck, the rest of the pod tend to follow.

Distribution: The entire length of the Namibia coastline with sightings in waters more 1,000m in depth.

Diet: Oceanic squid and fish.

Colouring: Jet black or dark grey body with grey or white markings on the belly and throat.

Breeding: Gestation period is normally 15 to 16 months, every 2 to 3 years and calves are 1.7m at birth.

Size: Males reach 4.5m at the age of 14 years.

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  • Namibia Marine Life: Long-finned pilot whales
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