Long-finned Pilot whale (Globicephala melas)
Group formation: Matrifocal groups (5-15) several matrilineal groups (size 50-200)
Size: males 7.8m, females 5.8m, calf 1.8m
Weight: males 2.3 tons, females 1.3 tons, calf 100kg
Age: males 40 yrs, females 60 yrs
Sexual maturity: males 12-15 yrs, females 6-15 yrs
Gestation: 12-15mths, 3-5 yrs in between births
Weaning: 27 months or longer (up to 10 years)
Diet: squid (cephalopods) and some fish
Distribution: Two sub-species: North Atlantic (Globicephala melas melas), and the Southern Hemisphere (Globicephala melas edwardii)
Chile: off the coast in deeper water, Beagle channel, but mostly unknown.
Conservation Status: Data Deficient ver 3.1, Pop. trend: unknown
Threats: whaling (Faeroe Islands, Japan, Greenland), plastic pollution, man-made noise impacts (seismic surveys, military sonar), entanglement in fishing gear, over fishing, captivity.