These bizarre-looking dolphins tend to remain in deep water, and rarely swim close to the land.
Body length: 2.1-2.7m, Weight: 160kg.
Melon-headed whales have a dark, torpedo-shaped body, long pointed flippers and a tall dorsal fin. They are slim, with a pointed melon-shaped head.
They live in tropical seas.
Melon-headed whales feed on fish, shrimps and squid.
They live in schools of 100-500, with rare larger gatherings.
Melon-headed whales are not listed by the 2000 IUCN Red List.