Short-finned pilot whale (Globicephala macrorhynchus)
Group formation: Social groups (matrifocal and matrilineal groups) 5-15 (> 200)
Size: males 5.5 m, females 3.7 m, calf 1.4 m
Weight: males 3000 kg, females 1200 kg, calf 102 kg
Age: males 40 yrs, females 65 yrs
Sexual maturity: 10 yrs
Gestation: 12-15 mths, with 5-8 yrs in between
Weaning: 2-5 yrs (up to 15 yrs) menopause with 40 yrs
Diet: mostly squid, octopus, sometimes fish.
Distribution: Belongs to the oceanic dolphin family (Delphinidae) that lives in tropical and semitropical oceanic deep (>1000 m) waters throughout the world, range between 50° N and 40° S.
Raja Ampat: they have been sighted regularly in large groups (>100), but nothing is known about them.
Population size: unknown
Conservation Status: Data Deficient ver 3.1, Pop. trend: unknown
Threats: Whaling (Japan, Indonesia, Sri Lanka, West Indies), chemical and plastic pollution, man-made noise impacts (seismic surveys, military sonar), entanglement in fishing gear, over fishing, captivity.