Sperm Whale

Sperm whale
Sperm whale
Sperm whale

Conservation

Scientific Classification

OrderArtiodactyla
InfraorderCetacea
FamilyPhyseteridae
GenusPhyseter
Binomial namePhyseter macrocephalus

Range Map

Range of species in blue

Description

The sperm whale grows between 36-52 ft (11-16m) with a weight between 15-50 tons.

Sperm whales have a dark gray-body with a squarish head and a hump instead of a dorsal fin.

Their blowhole is slit-like, and they can often be seen laying motionless at the surface of the water.

They have a single calf after a long gestation period of 14-16 months.