Latest Long-finned Pilot Whale Stories
A new study of mass whale strandings has shown that despite previous theories, family ties do not appear to play a role in this bizarre phenomenon. The true cause, however, remains a mystery.
When long-finned pilot whales sense the presence of a potential danger, they use synchronized swimming as a defense mechanism, an international team of scientists has discovered.
The Pilot Whale is one of two species of cetacean in the genus Globicephala. The genus is part of the oceanic dolphin family (Delphinidae) although their behavior is closer to that of the larger whales. The two species are the Long-finned Pilot Whale and the Short-finned Pilot Whale. The two are not readily distinguished at sea and are typically just known simply as Pilot Whales or CalderÃ³n in Spanish. They and other large members of the dolphin family are also known as blackfish....
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