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Pilot Whales

Pilot whales are what we are going to be filming in Tenerife so I have been researching them. The first thing i came across was not amazingly encouraging! But to be honest, all animals can attack sometimes and it hasn’t put me off in the slightest!

http://animal.discovery.com/videos/untamed-and-uncut-pilot-whale-attacks.html

I wanted to find more about these animals, I barely know anything about them! They are from the dolphin family but are whales because of their size. Adult males measure up to 20 feet (6.1 m) and weigh up to 3 tons. Adult females measure up to 16 feet (4.9 m) and weigh up to 1.5 tons. Pilot whales usually eat squid and only have 40-48 teeth compared to other dolphin species having 120. They think this is because they have adapted to eating squid so need less. If squid is not available, they will eat HUMANS! No not really, they will eat octopus, cuttlefish, herring and other small fish. They are usually grey in colour and have a distinctive rounded head with a very slight beak and an up-curved mouthline. Pilot whales are social and usually found in group’s size 20-90. They seem to have social meetings where several hundred pilot whales will all meet at the same place. No one is positive why this happens!

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