Short-Finned Pilot Whale

Picture of two short-finned pilot whales with their heads out of the water.

About The Species

Short-finned pilot whales are found primarily in deep waters throughout tropical and subtropical areas of the world. They primarily feed on squid and can dive up to 15 minutes to a depth of 1,000 feet.

Short-finned pilot whales, like all marine mammals, are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

NOAA Fisheries is committed to conserving and protecting short-finned pilot whales. Our scientists and partners use a variety of innovative techniques to study, learn more about, and protect this species.

Learn more about short-finned pilot whales


CITES Appendix II

throughout its range

MMPA Protected

throughout its range

Scientific Classification