Hydramnios in a lactating pygmy sperm whale (Kogia breviceps) stranded in Washington: post-mortem findings and implications from a stranded calf. Learn more about the Pygmy sperm whale – with amazing Pygmy sperm whale photos and facts on Arkive. Kogia breviceps (de Blainville, ) is a cetacean commonly called the pygmy sperm whale. A diminutive relative of the sperm whale and.

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Ocean Biogeographic Information System. Pygmy sperm whale Kogia breviceps.

Marine Biological Association of the United Kingdom. The tail brevicps will often appear before a deep dive. Pygmy killer whale F. Breaching has been observed, but is not common.

Biology and Sensitivity Key Information Reviews[on-line]. It has a large and distinctly square upper jaw which projects above the narrow lower jaw.

Pygmy sperm whale

Innaturalist James Hector synonymized the dwarf sperm whale with the pygmy sperm whale, with both being referred to as K. Accessed December 4, at http: Gestation lasts for about 9 months and the calf is born brevicepx the spring.


Help us share the wonders of the natural world. The biology and ecology of the pygmy sperm whale Kogia breviceps is poorly understood among odontocetes McAlpine They have a small curved dorsal fin.

Chemical contaminants in marine mammals from Washington State. This species is featured in: Like all toothed whales, the pygmy sperm whale hunts prey by echolocation. Although brebiceps of food material apparently occurs in the small intestineno caecum is present. Sea Guide to Whales of the World.

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Land-based whalers have hunted them from IndonesiaJapanand the Lesser Antilles. Additional information Pygmy sperm whales are usually found either alone, or in small groups of up to 5 individuals.

The shark-like head is large in comparison to body size, given an almost swollen appearance when viewed from the side. It is the second largest ocean in the world after the Pacific Ocean. Fat on the interior of the melon has a lower molecular weight lipid than the surrounding outer melon. Moderately large square head with projecting lower jaw.

In Japanthe whale was historically known as the “floating whale” because of this. Atlantic white-sided dolphin L. They also stay in deep waters Watson Calves are about 55 kilograms at birth.


Pygmy sperm whales are normally either solitary, or found in pairs, [20] but have been seen in groups up to six. The species has a tendency to back away from rather than approach boats.

MarLIN – The Marine Life Information Network – Pygmy sperm whale (Kogia breviceps)

Shepherd’s beaked whale T. To learn about climate change and the species that are affected, visit our climate change pages. It also has a sac in its intestines that contains a dark red fluid. A Taxonomic and Geographic Reference 3rd ed. It is vulnerable to Hawaiian fisheries and gillnets, float lines, and long lines http: The kogai dura of the brain contains a significant concentration of magnetite crystals, which suggests that K. Iteroparous animals must, by definition, survive over multiple seasons or breiceps condition changes.