The dwarf sperm whale which became stranded was determined to be a female and is 280 centimeters in length.
Wu said that this is also a good opportunity for the to invite members of the Taiwan Cetacean Society to educate the students about the the habitat and behavior of the dwarf sperm whales. He said the students were very excited to see the whale up close and in person.
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.
Occasional sightings were recorded of Bottlenose Dolphins, Striped Dolphin, with sporadic records of a Killer Whale, Rough-Toothed Dolphins, Longman's Beaked Whales, Dwarf Sperm Whale
, and False Killer Whales.
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 2.7 metres.
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.
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. We arrived to save two at the beginning, one mother with the baby.