name is Physeter
macrocephalus and it is the largest toothed whale,
and the largest
toothed animal on Earth.
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has a huge head (1/3 of its body) and the largest brain in the
It is also known as the deepest
which is diving down about 3km where it hunts fish and giant squid.
That also makes it the largest
living active predator (as opposed to the baleen whales
that are filter feeders).
And on the
top of all that, it produces the loudest sound in all
It can grow
up to 20 meters long and weigh up to 57 tons.
larger than females. They live in pods, but male and female/calf pods
It lives up to 70 years. It is found in most oceans
except polar waters, and most often in deep ocean waters.
was hunted during the old
whaling days and today's numbers of individuals are not
whales used to fight back when hunted, and attacked boats, one famous
sinking was this of Essex in 1820 - the true story behind Moby Dick.
The Dwarf Sperm Whale (Kogia Sima) and Pygmy
Sperm Whale (Kogia breviceps)
look like small versions of Sperm Whales but they belong to a different
family - Kogiidae.
found across all the world's oceans, roughly between 0 and 40 degree
latitudes in both hemispheres.