- Pilot whales belong to the order "cetacea" but to the family "delphinidae." They are the second largest dolphin after the orca, more commonly called the "killer whale."
- CLASS: Mammalia
SPECIES: melaena (long-finned)
- The long-finned pilot whale generally travels in large schools containing hundreds of cetaceans.
- Schools are built up of small, close-knit matriarchal groups of 10-20 spread over large expanses.
- The large schools are extremely socially cohesive as mass strandings of several hundred pilot whales are not uncommon.
- The pilot whale received its name due to a belief that the pod always follows a single leader, which although not scientifically proven, is commonly believed to be the reason for these tragic strandings.
- Long-finned pilot whales calve between April and September.
- The Faeroese grind generally takes place in July/August, in the midst of calving season. Pilot whale females can be pregnant even when they’re fifty-five years old!
- The pilot whales’ diet consists largely of squid and mackerel.
- The pilot whale can dive as deep as 500 meters when hunting for food.