Sperm Whale

The Sperm Whale is a toothed whale and has largest brain. Found in all oceans in the world, it is the only living member in genus Physeter. As per the facts and information provided by the wildlife conservation, sperm whale is listed as vulnerable and is facing deep crisis.

Scientic Name of Sperm Whale


Physeter macrocephalus

Sperm Whale Features and Facts



  • Type: Mammal

  • Diet: Carnivore

  • Size: 49 to 59 ft (15 to 18 m)

  • Weight: 35 to 45 tons

  • Group name: Pod

  • Protection status: Endangered


Conservation of Sperm Whale


It is estimated that the population of Sperm Whales is declined to around 200,000 worldwide. Though not listed in extinction, it is an endangered species in deep crisis due to over hunting for their meat, oil and body parts. Various countries have prohibited the commercial whaling and hunting of Sperm Whales to protect the habitat of this species. The US Jurisdiction is also coming with strong laws to protect the habitat of this species. Therefore the population of this whale is slowly increasing.

 
Endangered species in India

Critically Endangered - Ganges Shark | Pygmy Hog | Himalayan Wolf | Indian Vulture

Endangered - Asiatic Black Bear | Snow Leopard | Wild Cat | Sei Whale | Banteng | Asian Arowana | Red Panda | Loggerhead Sea Turtle | Asiatic Lion | Royal Bengal Tiger | Markhor | Fin Whale | Olive Ridley Turtle | Lion Tailed Macaque | Chiru | Indus River Dolphin

Vulnerable - Takin | Brown Bear | Humpback Whale | Slow Loris | Clouded Leopard | Tiger | Gaur | Goral | Mouflon | Fishing Cat | Sloth Bear | Blackbuck | Asiatic Golden Cat | Wild Yak | Barasingha | Wild Goat | Indian Wolf | Dhole | Dugong | Indian Fox | Sperm Whale | Ganges River Dolphin | Lesser Panda | Golden Jackal | Marbled Cat

Threatened - Indian Wild Ass | Leopard | Red Fox | Kashmiri Stag