A different sort of Pilot

A pod of 12/15 Short Finned Pilot Whales danced and dived around the JR yesterday entertaining us for around half and hour, lobtailing and spyholing. Pilot Whales eat squid and fish, they can dive down to 500m but a 30-60m forage is more typical. The females, once mature, have a calf every 3-5 years  and nurse their young for around 3 years, it is not unusual during this time for an older female who has passed the menopause to help with the suckling.