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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Delphinidae — pilot whale.


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  • The most important are humpback (Megaptera novaeangliae), fin, minke, sei, sperm, and pilot whales (Globicephala melaena).

    Fisheries and aquaculture in the Newfoundland and Labrador Seas, Northeastern Canada

  • But non-indigenous people also commercially harvest a variety of species at smaller scales, such as minke whales in Norwegian waters, belugas in the White Sea, and pilot whales (Globicephala melaena) in the Faroe Islands.

    Management and conservation of marine mammals and seabirds in the Arctic

  • Baleen whales like bowhead (Balaena mysticetus), minke, fin, grey (Eschrichtius robustus), pilot (Globicephala melaena), and other larger whales are also a valued source of food.

    Indigenous peoples, animals, and climate in the Arctic

  • The pilot whale, of the Globicephala genus, is primarily known for its distinct rounded head, long-based dorsel fin and the fact that – as the video below clearly demonstrates – it feasts on human flesh and often fantasises about annihilating mankind forever.

    SLACKERJACK – Stunt Pilot

  • Whales include migratory humpback Megaptera novaeangliae (VU) and occasional blue Balaenoptera musculus (EN), rorqual Balaenoptera physalis, sperm Physeter macrocephalus (VU), Bryde's Baleanoptera edeni, killer Orcinus orca, false killer Pseudorca crassidens, pygmy killer Feresa attenuata, Cuvier's beaked Ziphius cavirostris, beaked Mesoplodon sp., shortfin pilot Globicephala macrorhynchus and melon-headed Peponocephala electra whales.

    Malpelo Island Flora and Fauna Sanctuary, Colombia

  • Hawksbill turtles Eretmochelys imbricata (CR) are seen inshore and whale sharks Rhincodon typus and short-finned pilot whales Globicephala macrorhynchus, are seen offshore.

    Pitons Management Area, Saint Lucia

  • The more common marine mammals that can be observed from the park, albeit with a diminishing frequency in recent years include pilot whale Globicephala melaena, minke whale Balaenoptera autorostrata, finback whale B. physalus (V) and harbour seals Phoca vitulina.

    Gros Morne National Park, Canada

  • The remaining indigenous mammals are all marine, comprising whales and seals, and include Southern right whale (Balaena glacialis), rare sightings of sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus), orca (Orcinus orca), the most common whale observed at Macquarie Island, and long fin pilot whale (Globicephala melaena), the only other whale to be seen in any numbers around Macquarie Island.

    MacQuarie Island, Australia

  • The hyperphalangic condition occurs in certain whales (it is particularly marked in the Longfin pilot whale (Globicephala melas)), animals that most definitely are not fliers.

    Did ichthyosaurs fly? Probably not, no

  • Killer whales (Orcinus orca), pilot whales (Globicephala macrorhynchus) and humans (as well as possibly some other great apes) all have females that generally live for decades after they cease being able to bear young.

    Scientific American


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