Animal Age

How old does a Melon-headed whale get? (age expectancy)

What is the maximal age a Melon-headed whale reaches?

An adult Melon-headed whale (Peponocephala electra) usually gets as old as 47 years.

Melon-headed whales are around 365 days in the womb of their mother. When born, they weight 253 grams (0.56 lbs) and measure 7.8 cm (0′ 4″). They are a member of the Delphinidae family (genus: Peponocephala). Fully grown, they reach a bodylength of 88.6 cm (2′ 11″).

As a reference: Usually, humans get as old as 100 years, with the average being around 75 years. After being carried in the belly of their mother for 280 days (40 weeks), they grow to an average size of 1.65m (5′ 5″) and weight in at 62 kg (137 lbs), which is obviously highly individual.

A Melon-headed whale gets as old as 47 years

The melon-headed whale (Peponocephala electra), also (less commonly) known as the electra dolphin, little killer whale, or many-toothed blackfish, is a small- to medium-sized toothed whale of the oceanic dolphin family (Delphinidae). The common name is derived from the head shape. Melon-headed whales are widely distributed throughout deep tropical/subtropical waters worldwide, however they are rarely encountered at sea. They are found near shore only around oceanic islands, such as Hawaiʻi, French Polynesia and the Philippines.

Animals of the same family as a Melon-headed whale

Not really brothers and sisters, but from the same biological family (Delphinidae):

Animals that reach the same age as Melon-headed whale

With an average age of 47 years, Melon-headed whale are in good companionship of the following animals:

Weighting as much as Melon-headed whale

A fully grown Melon-headed whale reaches around 206 kg (454.15 lbs). So do these animals: