pilot whale

noun

Definition of pilot whale 

: either of two dark gray to black, medium-sized toothed whales (Globicephala melas and G. macrorhynchus) of temperate to tropical waters that have a large rounded forehead and short snout and typically feed on squid and small fish

called also blackfish

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Veterinarians say the sick pilot whale may have thought the plastic bags and other debris were food. David Carrig, USA TODAY, "Top 10 trash items found littering our beaches and waterways — and the weirdest," 27 June 2018 The pilot whale’s death offers yet another disturbing reminder of the dire impact of pollution on the world’s marine creatures. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Whale Dies in Thailand With 80 Plastic Bags in Its Stomach," 5 June 2018 These included those of killer whales, pilot whales, Risso’s dolphins and humpback whales. The Economist, "When faced with a killer whale should you fight or flee?," 14 June 2018 Last week, a small male pilot whale was found struggling, unable to swim or breathe, in a Thai canal near the Malaysia border. Elaina Zachos, National Geographic, "How This Whale Got Nearly 20 Pounds of Plastic in Its Stomach," 4 June 2018 The sick pilot whale was discovered in a canal near Thailand's border with Malaysia last week, Reuters reported. Mary Bowerman, USA TODAY, "Pilot whale dies after swallowing more than 80 plastic bags: 'Still going to dump trash?'," 4 June 2018 Last week, a male pilot whale was seen floating strangely in the waters off Southern Thailand. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Whale Dies in Thailand With 80 Plastic Bags in Its Stomach," 5 June 2018 This is one pilot whale, this doesn’t consider other species. Elaina Zachos, National Geographic, "How This Whale Got Nearly 20 Pounds of Plastic in Its Stomach," 4 June 2018 The pilot whales also formed a tight cluster on hearing the killer-whale calls. The Economist, "When faced with a killer whale should you fight or flee?," 14 June 2018

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1867, in the meaning defined above

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