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
On board of our scientific tour of Atlantic Eco Experience we often can see Pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) behaving with naturality. This is due to the neutral way of interaction with them. This way to interact with pilot whales let us to explain to our visitors real things about real behaviour. Notice that Pilot whales are endangered species so it is our responsibility to care about the way we interact with them.
In South Tenerife we are in a Zone for Special Conservation, where a restrictive law is applied.
Every whale watching boat must have permission from Spanish Government and Canarian Government. Please make sure they do have it we you go on board of any whale watching boat.