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  Sperm Whale - MSN Encarta
Sperm whales probably split off from the ancestors of all present-day cetaceans about 20 million years ago, and they may be as closely related to the baleen whales as they are to other toothed whales and dolphins.
The bodies of sperm whales are laterally compressed, with a single blowhole on the left front of the head and a thick dorsal hump originating at the hindmost third of the body.
Sperm whales were hunted intensively by American whalers during the 1800s for the light oil of their heads, and by factory ships of several countries in the 1900s for their meat.
encarta.msn.com /encyclopedia_761579753/Sperm_Whale.html   (690 words)

 Dwarf Sperm Whale - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Nowadays the Dwarf Sperm Whale is generally classified as one of two species, along with the Pygmy Sperm Whale, in the Kogiidae family and Kogia genus, however it was not until 1966 that the two species were regarded as separate, and even more recently Kogiidae was regarded as a subfamily (Kogiinae) of Physeteridae.
The Dwarf Sperm Whale is the smallest of all whales.
Dwarfs have long, curved and sharp teeth (0–6 in the upper jaw, between 14 and 26 in the lower).
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Dwarf_Sperm_Whale   (598 words)

 Sperm whale family - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
The sperm whale family or simply the sperm whales is the collective name given to three species of whale, the Sperm Whale, the Pygmy Sperm Whale and the Dwarf Sperm Whale.
The sperm whale has the largest brain of any animal on earth though this does not imply they are particularly intelligent.
Some scientists say that the sperm whale family is a living fossil group because they are a very ancient lineage of cetaceans.
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Sperm_whale_family   (451 words)

 Dwarf whale dies on verge of release day after rescue   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
The 7.5-foot-long whale had been pulled from the water after beaching itself on Sunday morning in the shore break at Kamaole Beach Park I. It was taken to the Maui Ocean Center for overnight observation, and, according to Bernard, it had done well.
To Hawaiians, the whale is a representation of the Hawaiian god, Kanaloa, the god of fish and animals in the ocean and greenery on land, Maxwell said.
Veterinarians reported the whale's injuries were not likely to have been caused by humans, and bullet wounds were ruled out as the source of injury to the animal.
www.moolelo.com /whale-dies2.html   (614 words)

 Brunswick Beacon - Local Newspaper of the South Brunswick Islands
Their best guess was that the beached creature was a pygmy sperm whale, based on the descriptions of the witnesses and John Kinlaw, a local real estate agent who was trained as a marine biologist.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, the estimated combined population in the western Atlantic Ocean of the pygmy sperm and dwarf sperm whales is 695.
Describing the dwarf sperm whale as poorly understood by scientists, Pabst said it is known they strand from Virginia south to the Lesser Antilles and throughout the eastern and northern Gulf of Mexico.
www.brunswickbeacon.com /articles/2005/07/27/free/04-free.txt   (885 words)

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A sperm whales diet includes squid,crustaceans, and cuttlefish with an occasional shark.Another uncommon thing for cetaceans that is in the sperm whale is this.Males will help a sick or injured female to the surface,but seldomely do the females help the males.
This whale has the longest baleen of any whale and is beleived to wiegh more for its body length than any other large whale.(No one has succeeded in weighing a whole one or in peices) It can have 230-260 baleen plates on each side of its mouth.
Fin whales can get 80 feet to 90 feet,depending on dwellings.They are on of the fastest whales,swimming at sprints of 20 mph.They are given their name because of their distinctive dorsal fin,which is more pronounced than in other baleen whales.Fin whales are the second largest animals on earth.Unlike blue whales,fin whales have white jaws.
www.geocities.com /tromp_8/Whales.html   (828 words)

 Secret Spot Baja - Dwarf Sperm Whale
This is the smallest species of whale in the world ranging from 6-8 and a half feet in length and weighing 300-550 pounds.
The Dwarf sperm can be found in the Sea of Cortez in every month of the year.
Like their other Sperm whale cousins, the Dwarf sperm whales prefer to hunt and eat squid, and for its size this species is an impressively deep diver.
www.secretspotbaja.com /dwarf.html   (215 words)

 KonaWhaleWatch.com - Hawaii’s cetaceans   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Dwarf sperm whales are the smallest of all the whales and are even smaller than some dolphin species.
Dwarf sperm whales are bluish gray or dark gray-fl, with square shaped heads.
Dwarf sperm whales live in deep water possible concentrated along the edges of the continental shelf.
www.konawhalewatch.com /main_file.php/general/27/11   (335 words)

 FIGIS - FAO/SIDP Species Identification Sheet: Kogia simus   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
The dwarf sperm whale is similar in appearance to the pygmy sperm whale, but has a larger dorsal fin (> 5% of the body length), generally set nearer the middle of the back.
Dwarf sperm whales have grey (dorsal) to white (ventral) coloration, and a pigment marking shaped like a shark's gill slit on the side of its head.
Dwarf sperm whales appear to feed primarily on deep-water cephalopods.
www.fao.org /figis/servlet/species?sname=Kogia+simus&sname_op=is   (428 words)

 Tampabay: Beached whale's death a mystery
The nearly 8-foot, 250-pound whale was taken by truck to the aquarium for an autopsy.
Dwarf sperm whale strandings are not rare along the beaches, Baran said.
The smallest of the three species of sperm whales, dwarfs live mainly in deep water and seem to prefer warmer water.
www.sptimes.com /TampaBay/90198/Beached_whale_s_death.html   (421 words)

 Rare sperm whale dies after rescue   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
A'ALAEA, Maui - A rare dwarf sperm whale that was rescued from a Kihei beach yesterday died today while wildlife officials were returning it to the sea.
The whale spent the night at the Maui Ocean Center aquarium and was apparently in good shape after the 9 a.m.
Wildlife officials said superficial wounds on the whale appeared to have been caused by a shark or from an injury that had occurred during the stranding.
www.moolelo.com /whale-dies.html   (177 words)

 ACS - American Cetacean Society
Pygmy sperm whales and their close relatives the dwarf sperm whales have similarities to the great sperm whales after which they are named, but they are classified into a different family.
Like the sperm whales, the pygmy sperm whale has teeth in the lower jaw only (the dwarf sperm whale has up to three pairs of teeth in the upper jaw as well).
Stranded pygmy sperm whales have often been confused with sharks because the head and lower jaw are somewhat shark-like in appearance.
www.acsonline.org /factpack/PygmySpermWhale.htm   (596 words)

 Pygmy Sperm Whale - kogia breviceps The Firecracker Whale by Max Newman April 1996. A current study of available ...
Kogia breviceps (or pygmy sperm whale) is one of the three known odontocete whales or toothed whales.
Our knowledge of pygmy sperm whales behavior in the wild is limited due to the fact that it is not a coastal animal and prefers to inhabit the deeper sections of the oceans.
The pygmy sperm whale and its relative dwarf sperm whale are the second most commonly stranded cetacean in the south eastern U.S., next to the bottlenosed dolphin.
www.mosquitonet.com /~gcn/kogia5.htm   (2021 words)

 Kogia sima, Dwarf Sperm Whale at MarineBio.org
The Dwarf sperm whale, Kogia sima (Owen, 1866), is a rare cetacean with a porpoise-like body that measures between 2.1-2.7 m.
Dwarf sperm whales have a mark on either side of the head known as a "false gill" because of its resemblance to the gill slits of fish (which it shares with the closely-related Pygmy Sperm Whale).
The rarity of the Dwarf sperm whale, Kogia sima, excludes it from threats due to commercial hunting, however, some scientists theorize that their scarcity may be due to extensive hunting in the past.
marinebio.org /species.asp?id=327   (586 words)

 TMMSN Species Corner: Pygmy and Dwarf Sperm Whales (Kogia spp.)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Pygmy and dwarf sperm whales are probably not rare, but are not common sightings, because of their offshore distribution and small group sizes.
Distribution: The pygmy sperm whale appears to have a cosmopolitan distribution, and should be expected in all temperate, subtropical, and tropical waters.
Pygmy sperm whales do produce echo-location-like signals, and an infant under 24 hours old was known to emit squeaks, but their meaning is ambiguous.
www.tmmsn.org /mmgulf/kogia.html   (525 words)

 School Programs-Whales   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
The Dwarf Sperm Whale shows little visible blow when it surfaces, and often only the back is visible when the animal rolls to breathe.
The Dwarf Sperm Whale has always been uncommon in British Columbia waters, which are outside its normal range.
There is only one record of the Dwarf Sperm Whale in B.C. waters: a stranding on the west coast of Vancouver Island in 1981.
www.royalbcmuseum.bc.ca /programs/whales/s-dwarfspermwhale.html   (217 words)

 CMS: Kogia sima, Dwarf sperm whale
Dwarf sperm whales reach a maximum size of about 2.7 m total length and a body mass of 272 kg.
Thus the correct spelling of the scientific name of the dwarf sperm whale is Kogia sima (Rice, 1998), as opposed to Kogia simus in most publications to date.
Perhaps the textural or visual quality of the plastic was similar to that of squid and thus enticed the whales to devour it (Caldwell and Caldwell 1989).
www.cms.int /reports/small_cetaceans/data/K_sima/K_sima.htm   (1973 words)

 Identification - Sperm Whale
Sperm Whales are normally slate grey or brown and the skin is usually wrinkled.
Sperm Whales are gregarious, often travelling in pods of up to 20 or more, and are usually found in two distinct group types: mixed pods of females/immature males; and groups of bachelor males.
The Sperm Whale is widely distributed in deep, offshore waters throughout the world.
www.orcaweb.org.uk /idsperm.htm   (367 words)

 Factsheets: Pygmy Sperm Whale
The Pygmy Sperm Whale, Kogia breviceps is a small robust whale, measuring a little over 3m.
At sea it is often difficult to separate the Pygmy Sperm Whale from the Dwarf Sperm Whale.
Pygmy Sperm Whales are found throughout the temperate and tropical zones both in the open ocean and the continental shelf edge and slope.
www.amonline.net.au /factsheets/pygmy_sperm.htm   (393 words)

 Dwarf Sperm Whale (Kogia simus)   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Like Kogia breviceps, the dwarf sperm whale is probably cosmomarine and is found in warm water oceans.
In the western North Atlantic, these whales are known from Virginia to the Lesser Antilles and the Gulf of Mexico.
Dwarf sperm whales make deep and prolonged dives in quest of food.
www.nsrl.ttu.edu /tmot1/kogisimu.htm   (179 words)

 Mexican whale santuary declared | Greenpeace International
One of the offshoots of the campaign was the modification of the Wildlife Law in 2000 to forbid all whaling in Mexico for commercial or subsistence purposes, and the listing of all cetaceans as under special protection.
The decree states that the sanctuary will support the maintenance of the environmental conditions that are necessary for the biological functions of whales, such as reproduction, calving, growth, migration, learning and feeding.
The fact that it was created during the week that the IWC meeting took place in Shimonoseki, Japan is a message to the entire world that Mexico is against whaling.
www.greenpeace.org /international/news/mexican-whale-santuary-declare   (336 words)

 African Marine Mammals   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Dwarf sperm whales reach at least 3 m in length.
Hutterer R. Dwarf sperm whale Kogia simus in the Canary Islands.
Ross, G.J.B. Records of pygmy and dwarf sperm whales, genus Kogia, from Southern Africa, with biological notes and some comparisons.
csiwhalesalive.org /csidwarfsperm.html   (308 words)

 Whale Glossary: D
Dall's Porpoise is a fast-swimming, fl-and-white toothed whale.
The dwarf sperm whale (Kogia simus) is a small toothed whale - it is also known as Owen's Pygmy Sperm Whale (because it was originally described by the English scientist Richard Owen in 1866).
The dwarf sperm whale is a deep diver and eats squid, fish, octopus, eels, and other deep-dwelling marine animals.
www.zoomdinosaurs.com /subjects/whales/glossary/indexd.shtml   (434 words)

 Archived conservation news articles on Dwarf Sperm Whale
The pygmy sperm whale or a dwarf sperm whale was thought to have washed ashore from the Atlantic Ocean during the night.
But, the creature that eventually beached itself in the marsh Saturday night and died there, was a dwarf sperm whale, according to biologists at the University...
Like sperm whales, the pygmy sperm has teeth in the lower jaw only (the dwarf sperm whale has up to three pairs of teeth in the upper jaw as well).
conservation.mongabay.com /news/Dwarf_Sperm_Whale.htm   (537 words)

 Whale Web: Pygmy Sperm Whale   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Pygmy Sperm whales resemble their larger counterparts, the sperm whale, with their squarish shaped head.
Like Sperm whales, they too have a wax-filled area in the front portion of their head, called the spermaceti organ.
Like the Dwarf Sperm whale, it has a light marking just behind the eye, looking something like a gill slit found on a fish, even though there is actually no gill slit there.
www.whale-web.com /whales/pygmysperm.html   (242 words)

 Sperm Whale - Search View - MSN Encarta
Sperm Whale - Search View - MSN Encarta
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Nursing can last for several years while the calf grows and learns to hunt.
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 Pygmy Sperm Whale   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Pygmy sperm whales are thought to be shy, slow-moving animals.
Pygmy sperm whales have often been sighted alone, but evidence suggests that they form social units of 3 to 5 individuals.
Little is known of the reproductive habits of pygmy sperm whales.
www.cutlervillecs.org /links/oceans/data/whale/sperm3.htm   (194 words)

 BBC - Science & Nature - Wildfacts - Dwarf sperm whale
They are very similar in appearance to lesser sperm whales, except for the difference in size.
Dwarf sperm whales have a tiny, hooked dorsal fin.
The conservation status of dwarf sperm whales is unknown.
www.bbc.co.uk /nature/wildfacts/factfiles/105.shtml   (110 words)

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