The scientific name of this species means »black globe-head«. Pilot whales are a slow swimming species that do not undertake long distance migrations, but primarily follow their prey. An adult male may be up to 6 m long and weigh about 3.5 tons.
12–15 families of pilot whales habe their feeding grounds in the Strait of Gibraltar, so we can watch them regularly.
Presence in the Strait of Gibraltar: all year round
Other names: pothead whale, longfin pilot whale, Atlantic pilot whale, blackfish