Pygmy sperm whale fact sheet

Pygmy sperm whales
are slightly larger than their closely related dwarf sperm whales. They are
rarely seen at sea and are very difficult to identify. Even with stranded
individuals, genetic confirmation of the species is sometimes required. Of the
two species, pygmy sperm whales have a more
squarish head and arched back. Pygmy sperm whales have been seen
travelling alone or in small groups of 6 – 7 individuals. Like dwarf sperm
whales they travel slowly at the surface and release a cloud of reddish-brown 
intestinal fluid if they are
startled.



Pygmy sperm whales
occur in tropical to temperate zones around the world. They prefer areas of
deep water where they may dive to depths up to 300 m. Both sightings and strandings in the Azores are
rare and are usually difficult to confirm.





Length: 
• Male: 2.7 m
• Female: 3.8 m
• Calf: 1.2 m

Weight: 
• Female: 450 kg
• Calf: 55 kg

Global population: Unkown (population trend unknown)

Status: Data Deficient

Diet: Cephalopods, fish, crustaceans

Teeth: 24
– 32 in the lower jaw

Longevity: Unkown

Breeding age: Unkown

Gestation: 9 – 11 months

Nursing: 1 year

In other languages

Portuguese: Cachalote-pigmeu
Spanish: Cachalote pigmeo
French: Cachalot pygmée, Petit cachalot
Italian: Cogia di De Blainville
German: Zwergpottwal
Dutch: Dwergpotvis
Swedish: Pygmé kaskelot

Norwegian: –
Danish: –
Finnish: Kääpiökaskelotin

PolishKaszalot mały
Russian:


Deixe uma resposta

O seu endereço de email não será publicado. Campos obrigatórios marcados com *

You May Also Like