Species: Kogia breviceps
2.7 to 3.4 m, weighing 315 to 400 kg
17 to 23 years
The Pygmy Sperm Whale lives in deep waters (up to 600m deep) often near the continental shelf. It is found in tropical and warm temperate waters.
It can give birth to a calf every year after 9 to 12 months of gestation. Birth takes place in spring.
The Pygmy Sperm Whale is a carnivore and feeds on molluscs, fish and shellfish.
Morphological characteristics for distinction at sea
- Head: conical, with gill-like markings in the shape of a crescent between eyes and pectoral fins, small square rostrum, spout slightly skewed to the left
- Fins and flippers: small and curved dorsal fin situated 3/4 down the body, short and broad pectoral fins situated well to the front of the body, pale circular mark under and around the eye
- Colouring: steel grey back, pinkish white belly
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Did you know?
The Pygmy Sperm Whale ejects a reddish-brown liquid from its anus when it feels threatened.