Sperm Whales

Distinguished by their extremely large heads, sperm whales are the largest of the toothed whales. Sperm whales inhabit all oceans of the world. This category explores everything about the sperm whales habits, including feeding, migration and much much more.

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What is the largest toothed animal in the world?

That would be the sperm whale.

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How much do baby sperm whales weigh?

A newborn sperm whale is around 4 meters in length and weighs approximately 1000 kilograms or more. They grow very fast and to huge sizes.

Adult Male Sperm Whales can be as long as 20 meters. The average size is around 17 meters and they weigh 40 tonnes or more.

Adult Female Sperm whales are on an average 11 meters long and weigh around 14 tonnes.

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Which zone does a sperm whale live in?

sperm whales are world wide they are found anywhere.

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How many babies can sperm whales have at once?

Gestation in Sperm Whale females lasts about 14 to 16 months. A sigle calf is produced at the end of gestation. Lactation proceeds for 19 to 42 months, but calves may suckle up to 13 years. Calves can suckle from females other than their mothers. Females generally have birth intervals of three to six years between calf birth.

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How many tons does a sperm whale have?

An adult, about 57 tons.

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Men's Health
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What do you do if you get Sperm in your eye?

== == This is most likely to cause a minor irritation and redness to the eye, just rinse with water and try not to rub the eye to much, as it could get worse. It should wear off in a few hours.

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Why are sperm whales called sperm whales?

It has a substance in its head called spermaceti which is milky white and used to be mistaken for sperm. It had various commercial uses that made it quite valuable. It's thought to be associated with the animal's hearing, by helping its ears detect sound when under the water.
"The name comes from the milky-white waxy substance, spermaceti, found in its head . " ~ Wikipedia
I believe it is named after the spermaceti that can be extracted from the whale's head. It is a white, milky substance that can easily be (and has been) mistaken for the whale's seman.

You're right: it is. It forms a fatty structure that may be connected with the animal's hearing underwater.

Obviously as mammals the male sperm whales also make reproductive sperm - but not in their heads as the old-time whale-hunters mistakenly thought!

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Birth Control
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How long can a sperm live in the air?

Sperm can not live in open air.

However; sperm when ejaculated are not in open air.

The ejaculate fluid (semen) protects the sperm. So long as the sperm remain wet and within the seminal fluids, it is possible for them to live two to three days. To keep them wet for that long would require ideal conditions. (proper humidity, no contact with drying agents, avoidance of air flow, etc)

Under normal circumstances; seminal fluids dripped onto the human body or onto bed sheets will dry up. This may take anywhere from a few minutes to an hour (mostly depending on humidity and contact with other surfaces). Once the seminal fluids are dry; the sperm inside have been exposed fully to open air, and are dead.

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Are sperm whales baleen or toothed whales?

Sperm whales are toothed whales.

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Food Chains and Food Webs
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What is the sperm whale food chain?

Sperm Whales are carnivores and feed on several species. The most notable prey species are the giant squid, the colossal squid, octopuses, and diverse fish like demersal rays, but the main part of their diet consists of medium-sized squid. Due to their sheer size, some prey may be taken incidentally while eating other items

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How long can sperm live in a female?

Up to 5 days, depending somewhat on her ovulation cycle. The thinning secretions that allow the sperm to access the egg, also allow the sperm to remain healthy waiting for the ovary to produce a ripe egg..

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Where do Sperm whales live?

Sperm Whales have been discovered living in all oceans around the world.

However they are generally found in the oceans between the equator and the arctic.
Sperm whales are the most common type of whale that we can find. They are present in almost every ocean and see in the world. Pacific ocean, Atlantic Ocean, Indian Ocean etc. They usually prefer ice free waters that are over 1000 meters deep. However they cant be found in the black and red seas.

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Statistics
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A sperm whale has been recorded at a depth of 620 fathoms How many feet is this record depth?

Approx. 3, 720 ft. See related answers.

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Aquatic Mammals
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What would happen to the number of krill if all the seals died?

Most likely increase, due to removing a predator of the krill would decrease the number of them dying from seal predation. also other organisms that eat krill population will increase due to less competition.

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Pregnancy
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What does sperm contain?

Seminal fluid, prostaglandins, spermatozoa, and fibrinogen.

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Whales
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Do whales have teets?

Yes they do. Like all mammals, whales breathe air into lungs, are warm-blooded, feed their young milk from mammary glands, and have some (although very little) hair.

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How long can male sperm live?

3.5 seconds

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How did sperm whales get their name?

Sperm whales get their name from the oily fat in their heads called SPERMACETI.

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Crabs
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Why do people eat crabs?

Many folks think crab meat tastes good, so they will get it at the market or order it from a cafe menu when they have a mind to.

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How many offspring can the sperm whale have?

Gestation in Sperm Whale females lasts about 14 to 16 months. A sigle calf is produced at the end of gestation. Lactation proceeds for 19 to 42 months, but calves may suckle up to 13 years. Calves can suckle from females other than their mothers. Females generally have birth intervals of three to six years between calf birth.

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What does the sperm whale eat?

it eats fish,krill,octopuses and Giant colossal squid

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Why is it called sperm whale?

Their head contains a substance called spermaceti. The whales may regulate buoyancy with spermaceti but that is only a theory.

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Comparisons
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Is a sperm whale or a blue whale bigger?

Blue Whales are much bigger then Sperm whales. A sperm whale is awesome though - and has teeth in its jaws. But the blue whale is the biggest whale of all. A full grown male Sperm grows to about 60 feet long, while a Blue can exceed 100.
Blue Whales are considerably larger. In fact they are considered to be the largest creature ever to have existed on this planet.
Blue Whales are considerably larger. In fact they are considered to be the largest creature ever to have existed on this planet.

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Why are sperm whales hunted?

Though sperm whales are the most common type of whale that inhabits almost every ocean in the world, they are endangered because of hunting. Humans have been hunting Sperm Whales for nearly two centuries and have wiped out huge populations of this giant animal. They are hunted for their blubber and sperm oil.

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How much sperm does a sperm whale release into the ocean?

They release 400 gallons of sperm but only 40 gallons go into the mate.

The other 360 is released into the ocean.

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