Pilot Whale

Pilot whale

Identification of short finned Pilot whale:

It is recognizable by its dorsal fin with very wide base. The dorsal fin is higher and wider at its base in males than in females. Their heads are bulbous and this can become more defined in older males. Short-finned pilot whales are black or dark grey with a grey or white cape.

It is common to watch them resting on the surface of water recovering after long and deep diving.

  • Males can reach 7 meters and females between 4 and 5 meters
  • They are residents of Tenerife coast and can be spotted all year long
  • They primarily feeds on squid, but will also feed on certain species of fish and octopus

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