Dolphins that form close-knit family pods
Pilot whales are actually dolphins (in a group known as blackfish) but are also classed as “toothed whales”. They feed mainly on octopus and squid.
They are related to orcas (killer whales) but are smaller at around seven metres in length. They have rounded heads and small beaks. The body is grey or dark brown and the dorsal fin is swept back.