Life of Sea | Melon Headed Whale (Peponocephala electra) |Melon headed whalesare found intropical andsubtropical watersaround the world, mostly inthePhilippineSea.Thisis goodsitefor seeingthe whale, becausethe continental shelfisnarrow.Theyfavorwarm, pelagicwaters.The melon-headed whaleis not oftenseenby humansbecause theypreferdeep water.Melon headed whalestravelin podsof100-1000, although evenlargerpadshave also been reported.
Species: P. electra
Melon headed whales, close in size toPygmykiller whalesandtwospecieswithastrongresemblancefrom a distance. The Melon headed whale hasaslightlyroundedtriangular headwhen viewedfrom above or below. Whenviewed fromthe side, the head rounded. Femalesand juvenileshaveanindistinctbeak. Theyhave a distinctdorsal finis located inthe middle of theirbacks. Theirflippersare long andpointedat the ends, afeature thatdiffers from the moreroundedfins ofthepygmykiller whale. Melon headed whaleshavetwice asmanyteethasthePygmykiller whale.
Theyare darkgrayto black incolor withwhite tolightgraycoloron theirbelly(bottom) side and, like thePygmykiller whale,white lips. The blacktriangular"mask"on the facemakes themmoreuniform colorof thePygmykiller whales. Melon headed whaleshavea capedivingfar below thedorsal finthan that ofPygmykiller whales, althoughthe margin isoften vague.Melon headed whalesarehighly sociableand more likelyto be seenin largepodsthan thePygmykiller whale. Theyusually comein podsof100 to 500. Animals ina podare oftentightlypacked andmake frequentprice changes.