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Autopsies from Gervais' beaked whale corpses tell us that the animals eat cephalopods, so Dykstra says the whales were probably drawn to squid that the sperm whales in the area were feeding on.
Pygmy sperm whales can range from 10 to 11 feet in length and more than 700 pounds, according to NOAA Fisheries.
The smallest could fit on the head of a pin; the largest, found in the gut of a sperm whale, grows up to 30 feet long.
Other specimens have been found in the stomachs of sperm whales and Steller sea lions.
The family of Walden author Henry David Thoreau, for instance, mixed graphite with bayberry wax or spermaceti, a wax from sperm whales commonly used to make candles at the time.
How badly sperm whales were hit by whaling is hard to know, but their population is certainly recovering.
Imagine being a diver and coming across a group of sperm whales, not swimming but floating upright and motionless in the open sea.
The gathering hints that after centuries of being hunted by humans, the sperm whale population is on the rise and the species could be regaining some of its social habits.
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Origin and Etymology of sperm whale
First Known Use: circa 1700See Words from the same year
SPERM WHALE Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of sperm whale for English Language Learners
: a type of whale that has a very large head and is hunted for its fat and oil
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