other names: Catchalot, Spermaceti whale
length: female 13 m/43 ft; male to 20 m/65 ft
weight: female up to 20 tonnes; male up to 50 tonnes
distribution and habitat: Worldwide; observed in all the world’s seas and oceans from the Antarctic through
cold and temperate zones to tropical waters.
status: unknown population, probably abundant
iucn: Vulnerable cites: Appendix I