Pilot Whales are toothed whales in the Subfamily Orcinae
which contains the Pilot Whales, Risso's Dolphin
Two species are possible in New
England waters the Long-finned Pilot Whale ranges more to
the north and the Short-finned Pilot Whale to the south of
Cape Cod. It is not possible to reliably separate the two in
Also called Blackfish.
The small blow of the Pilot Whale is
very small and often not seen from a distance. It can
be seen in this photo and the one below.
Small to medium sized species having a rounded
head without a well-define beak.
(29) . The
dorsal fin is wider than it is tall.
Like other toothed whales, it has a
single blow hole.
Often swims in small pods of 5-6 animals.