Dwarf Spem Whale

Conservation

Scientific Classification

OrderArtiodactyla
InfraorderCetacea
FamilyKogiidae
GenusKogia
Binomial nameKogia sima

Range Map

Range of species in blue

Description

The dwarf sperm whale measures just 6.9-8.9 ft (2.1-2.7m) with a weight between 300-600 lb. They are similar in looks to the pygmy sperm whale but have a squarish head, flatter back and a more prominent, pointed, erect dorsal fin. 

The dwarf sperm whale has been said to resemble an upside-down surfboard when seen in the water.

Dwarf sperm whales are usually seen laying motionless at the surface of the water. They eat squid and octopus, along with fish and crustaceans.