Species Physeter macrocephalus Linnaeus, 1758 (Sperm whale)

Biological classification:
  • kingdom: Animalia
  • - phylum: Chordata
  • -- class: Mammalia
  • --- order: Cetacea
  • ---- family: Physeteridae
  • ----- species: Physeter macrocephalus
Characteristics:carnivore; length: 10-18 m; large size; high blunt snout; dorsal hump instead of fin; forward blow;
Countries:
MZ
Mozambique
NA
Namibia
ZA
South Africa
Links:
References:Stuart and Stuart 2007: 266
Source: http://media.eol.org/data_objects/13144642
Date: 2010-06-14
Creator: NMFS Northeast Fisheries Science Center
Permission: Creative Commons Attribution License
Comments: Sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus)
Source: http://media.eol.org/data_objects/15610574
Date: 2010-06-14
Creator: Nathalie Jaquet
Permission: Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike License
Comments: Male sperm whale between bouts of upside down swimming (a rare behavior), feeding close to surface (Kaikoura, New Zealand, 1998)
Source: wikimedia
Permission: Public Domain

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