Latest Sperm whale family Stories
Just as we can tell our friends apart by the sounds of their voices and the way they pronounce their words, different sperm whales make the same pattern of clicks, but with different accents.
Like humans, whales can receive sunburn-like effects from overexposure to ultraviolet radiation.
Genomic record matches fossil record in the whalesâ€™ common ancestor, say UC Riverside biologists.
Fossilized remains of a giant, prehistoric sperm whale that lived 12 million years ago and had teeth and jaws so large it preyed on whales more than half its size have been discovered in Peru's Pisco basin.
A study released on Wednesday reveals that Southern Ocean sperm whales' feces are an unexpected ally in the fight against global warming.
Wildlife officials said that more than 40 sperm whales have died after a pod of about 50 became stranded off southern Australia.
Illusive mammals such as the beaked whale are hardly seen, mysterious, and obscure, and yet they have become the focus of new studies due to the harm that military sonar systems seem to cause them.
Under the sea, predatory pilot whales take part in high-speed chases as they track down their prey.
By Alister Doyle, Environment Correspondent OSLO (Reuters) - A ferocious-looking fossil with sharp teeth found in Australia shows that ancestors of today's toothless blue whales were not all "gentle giants," a report said on Wednesday.
The Pygmy Sperm Whale (Kogia breviceps) is one of three species of whale in the sperm whale family. They are not often sighted at sea and most of our understanding of the creatures comes from the study of washed-up specimens Taxonomy There has been debate and differing opinion as to the correct classification of the Pygmy and Dwarf Sperm Whales. The two were widely considered to be the same species, until 1966, when a scientist at the Smithsonian Institute definitively diagnosed them as...
The Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus) is the largest of all toothed whales and is believed to be the largest toothed animal to ever inhabit Earth, measuring up to 60 ft (18 m) long. (The baleen blue whale is larger, and invertebrates such as the Lion's Mane Jellyfish or the Portuguese Man of War may be longer.) The whale was named after the milky-white substance spermaceti found in its head and originally mistaken for sperm. The Sperm Whale's enormous head and distinctive shape, as well as...
- A serpent whose bite was fabled to produce intense thirst.