Long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melaena)
Long-finned pilot whales (Globicephala melaena) are found in the
waters off New York throughout the year. They, like sperm whales, live
in matrifocal and matrilineal social groups. Pilot whales can be
found in groups of a few individuals to larger aggregations of hundreds.
They feed usually on squid, but will take other prey.
The most recent estimate of long-finned pilot whales in the western
North Atlantic is 12,619 individuals.
As in other social odontocetes, males are larger than females of the
same age. Mature males can be distinguished by their larger head
and thicker dorsal fin.