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Sperm Whale

Sperm Whale
Photographer: Cianc

Sperm Whale
Photographer: Cianc

The size of a Sperm Whale compared to an average human
The size of a Sperm Whale compared
to an average human

Sperm Whale Range Map (Deep Waters Worldwide) Sperm Whale Range Map
(Deep Waters Worldwide)
Latin Name Physeter macrocephalus
Conservation Status Vulnerable
Location Deep Waters Worldwide
Colour Dark Grey or Brown
Length 11 - 20 m (36 - 65 ft)
Weight 20 - 57 tonnes (19.5 - 56 tons)
Life Expectancy Over 70 Yrs

Main Characteristics

Sperm Whales are the largest of all the toothed whales and the largest living toothed animal. They are between 11 and 20 m (36 - 65 ft) in length and they weigh between 20 and 57 tonnes (19.5 - 56 tons).

Sperm Whales are the deepest diving mammal, they can dive to depths of 2,000 m (6,560 ft) and they can possibly even reach depths of 3,000 m (9,843 ft). They are able to remain underwater for 2 hours without coming up for a breath and they also hold the record for having the heaviest brain in the world.


Sperms Whales can be found in deep waters worldwide.


Sperm Whales feed on squid, octopus and deep water fish.


After a gestation period of 14 - 16 months, Sperm Whales give birth to a single calf. The calf suckles for 4 years, sometimes longer.


There are no subspecies of Sperm Whale.

Interesting Facts

Sperm Whales are also known as:
Great Sperm Whale
Giant Sperm Whale
Spermacet Whale
Pot Whale

Moby Dick was a Sperm Whale.

Similar Animals

Dwarf Sperm Whale
Pygmy Sperm Whale

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