A Brief Introduction to Sperm Whales

The Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) is the largest odontocete whale growing to 20.5m in length and 41 tons; it is also the largest toothed predator in the world. Relatively little is known about the behaviour of P. macrocephalus due to the fact that it dives to extreme depths in search of food; up to 2,250m in depth. However it is known that they predate giant squid because of the squid beaks found in the stomachs of Sperm Whales.



Picture shows the beak of a Giant Squid Architeuthis spp.


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