dwarf sperm whale

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very small (to 8 feet) sperm whale of central coasts of Atlantic and Pacific

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Common name Scientific name Pantropical spotted dolphin Stenella attenuata Striped dolphin Stenella coeruleoalba Spinner dolphin Stenella longirostris Rough-toothed dolphin Steno bredanensis Bottlenose dolphin Tursiops truncatus Risso's dolphin Grampus griseus Fraser's dolphin Lagenodelphis hosei Melon-headed whale Peponocephala electra Pygmy killer whale Feresa attenuata False killer whale1 Pseudorca crassidens Short-finned pilot whale Globicephala macrorhynchus Killer whale Orcinus orca Sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus Dwarf sperm whale Kogia sima Unidentified Kogia Kogia sima/breviceps Blainville's beaked whale Mesoplodon densirostris Cuvier's beaked whale Ziphius cavirostris Longman's beaked whale Indopacetus pacificus Unidentified Mesoplodon Mesoplodon spp.
Further analysis confirmed the identity of a dwarf sperm whale.
Only three species belong to the sperm whale family (Kogiidae) and the dwarf sperm whale (Kogia sima) which is the smallest with a maximum length of just 2.
The dwarf sperm whale is the smallest of all the whales and even smaller than some of the larger dolphins.
Dwarf sperm whales feed mainly on squid and crabs and prefer deeper water.
Pilot whales and dwarf sperm whales dive more than 1,000 feet deep to feed off the slopes of the continental shelf such as those off of North Carolina.
For example, the Tanon Strait between Cebu and Negros islands has a large population of dwarf sperm whales who squirt ink when pursued.
SURIGAO CITY -- Dynamite fishing continues to destroy not only corals but also rare sea creatures off the world-famous surfing destination of Siargao Island, killing at least 22 rare dwarf sperm whales and 21 dolphins over the weekend.
On Friday, a beach resort in Dapa town, Siargao's trade center, became a refuge for two wounded dwarf sperm whales (Kogia sima)-apparently a mother and its baby-hours after what a resident described as a series of blasts from the sea that morning.
I helped to check the status of the dwarf sperm whales.