Sperm whale


Sperm whale

Family: Physeteridae

Physeter macrocephalus

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

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