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Species Profile: The Pygmy Sperm Whale

The Pygmy Sperm Whale is a very rare and relatively small-sized species of whale.

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A Stranded Pygmy Sperm Whale On South Hutchinson Beach In Florida (Photo: Inwater Research Group, cc by-s.a. 4.0)

The Pygmy Sperm Whale is one of the three species of toothed whales in the sperm whale family. These creatures are rarely ever sighted at sea and most of what’s known about them is gathered from examining stranded individuals.

Just like its close cousin the dwarf sperm whale, the pygmy is a relatively small-sized whale. In fact, it’s not much

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Species Profile: The Dwarf Sperm Whale

The Dwarf Sperm Whale is one of only two cetacean species that can eject “ink” to scare off would-be predators. 

A Dwarf Sperm Whale Breaching

A Dwarf Sperm Whale Breaching (Photo: Robert Pitman/NOAA)

The Dwarf Sperm Whale is one of only three surviving species in the sperm whale family. These creatures are very rarely sighted out at sea, so the much that’s known about them is gathered from studying stranded carcasses.

This species holds the position of the smallest in size of true whales. At the most they will grow up to 2.7 m (8.9 ft) in length. Hence, they are even smaller than some dolphin species.

They prefer clam and quiet seas where they spend their days making slow movements while lying motionless at

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