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Sperm Whale
Characteristics
Scientific Name:
Physeter macrocephalus
Family Name:
Physeteridae
Size:
11m - 20m
Weight:
20 - 57 Tons
Color:
dark brown to dark grey in colour
Diet:
squid and octopus
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Sperm Whale

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Sperm Whale Description
  Made famous by Herman Melville's Moby Dick, this is the species most people associate with the word 'whale'. The largest of the toothed whales, it is dark brown to dark grey in colour, with occasional albino and black individuals being recorded. The skin is wrinkly and may be scarred. Although the triangular tail flukes are broad and powerful, flippers are short and stubby, and the dorsal fin is usually more akin to a series of humps down the tail stock's ridge than an actual 'fin'. The Sperm Whale's head is over a third of the total body length of the animal, and is well-known for being big and bulky and barrel-shaped. Males are 15-20.5m in length and weigh between 45-57 tonnes, with females measuring 11-13m and weighing around 20 tonnes. The lower jaw holds approximately 50 rounded teeth in two parallel rows, each tooth weighing over a kilogram.
 
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