Pilot whales around Alimatha!

Pilot whales around Alimatha!

Following on from one of the trips last week at Alimatha, our lucky guests together with Paolo (marine biologist), had a fantastic encounter with around 15 pilot whales that came to swim and play around the dhoni.

Pilot whales are usually seen in groups of 10 to 30 specimens, but can live in groups of up to 100 individuals.

Their genus name, Globicephala, is a combination of the Latin words globus (“round ball” or “globe”) and kephale (“head”). As you can see from the great photos from Paolo, the round heads are clearly visible. They are part of the dolphin family, although their behavior is closer to that of a whale.

Adult pilot whales can reach a body length of 6 meters and can weigh up to 3,000 kg – juvenile pilot whales weigh about 100 kg!