Subject: Pilot Whales

Dagmar Fertl (
Fri, 6 Feb 1998 16:28:54 -0500

     I can tell you that there is long-finned pilot whale (Globicephala 
     melas) and a short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus).  I 
     think you will need to go to the library to look up your questions.  I 
     can suggest a few books.  
     Leatherwood, S. and R.R. Reeves.  1983.  The Sierra Club Handbook of 
     Whales and Dolphins.  Sierra Club Books, San Francisco.
     Jefferson, T.A., S. Leatherwood, and M.A. Webber.  1993.  FAO Guide to 
     Marine Mammals of the World.  FAO, Rome.
     The International Whaling Commission put out a book, a special issue, 
     on pilot whale biology.  I don't have the exact information at my 
     fingertips, but that has lots of information.
     Pilot whales are primarily squid eaters, though they will take fish on 
     Pilot whales are highly social.
     Pilot whales, particularly the long-finned ones, are the species most 
     often involved in mass strandings.
     If you're looking for more information on the web, I'd suggest you look at 
links provided for by WhaleNet.

Good luck!


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Subject: Pilot Whales
Author: at ~smtp
Date:    2/4/98 6:56 PM

Could you please tell me about pilot whales?  How do they act?  What  do they 
eat? What is their scientific name etc.?  I need information on the pilot 
whale for a research project.  Thanks.