Species: Feresa attenuata
2 to 2.6 m, weighing 100 to 225 kg
At least 21 years
The Pygmy Killer Whale is found in tropical and subtropical waters where it lives at depths between 110 and 2800 m.
Sexual maturity is attained when the animal reaches about 2.1 m. Unfortunately, no more is known about the reproduction of the Pygmy Killer Whale.
The Pygmy Killer Whale is a carnivore feeding on molluscs, fish and small crustaceans.
Morphological characteristics for distinction at sea
- Head: small and round, bulbous melon, no rostrum
- Fins and flippers: high and almost triangular dorsal fin pointing slightly backwards, pectoral fins with rounded tips
- Colouring: dark grey to black back with a cape slightly running down onto the back, grey flanks, light grey to white belly, white lips
Did you know?
It may snap its jaws and pound the water with its fins when it feels in danger.
Banner photo credit: Dany Moussa/Mon école-ma baleine