Q: How big do they get?
SW: Short-finned pilot whales reach lengths of 13 to 17 feet and weigh between 1,300 and 6,900 pounds.
Q: Are the endangered?
SW: Although they are not currently endangered, these whales face many threats including mass strandings, the cause of which is not yet entirely understood. You can keep pilot whales safe by properly disposing of household chemicals such as oil and paint to prevent dangerous household toxins from entering waterways.
Q: Are they really related to dolphins?
SW: Yes. Short-finned pilot whales (and long-finned pilot whales) are members of the scientific family Delphinidae, the dolphin family.