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  • proper n. A taxonomic genus within the family Physeteridae — the sperm whale.


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  • Several species of baleen whales, among them the fin and humpback whales Balaenoptera physalus (EN) and Megaptera novaeangliae (VU), and toothed whales, including sperm Physeter catodon (VU), pilot and killer whales are regularly seen.

    Galápagos National Park & Galápagos Marine Resources Reserve, Ecuador

  • The main target species were fin ( '' Balaenoptera physalus ''), sei ( '' B. borealis ''), and sperm ( '' Physeter catodon '') whales and the average yearly catches were 234, 68, and 76 animals respectively.

    Fisheries and aquaculture in the Central North Atlantic (Iceland and Greenland)

  • Whales include migratory humpback Megaptera novaeangliae (VU) and occasional blue Balaenoptera musculus (EN), rorqual Balaenoptera physalis, sperm Physeter macrocephalus (VU), Bryde's Baleanoptera edeni, killer Orcinus orca, false killer Pseudorca crassidens, pygmy killer Feresa attenuata, Cuvier's beaked Ziphius cavirostris, beaked Mesoplodon sp., shortfin pilot Globicephala macrorhynchus and melon-headed Peponocephala electra whales.

    Malpelo Island Flora and Fauna Sanctuary, Colombia

  • Notable marine mammals include blue whale Balaenoptera musculus (E) and sperm whale Physeter catodon, which are occasionally observed, as well as 10 species of dolphin and dugong Dugong dugon (V).

    Komodo National Park, Indonesia

  • The remaining indigenous mammals are all marine, comprising whales and seals, and include Southern right whale (Balaena glacialis), rare sightings of sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus), orca (Orcinus orca), the most common whale observed at Macquarie Island, and long fin pilot whale (Globicephala melaena), the only other whale to be seen in any numbers around Macquarie Island.

    MacQuarie Island, Australia

  • You said that the whalers claim the specimen was "retrieved from the stomach of a sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus," and it was "about 3 m long."


  • Retrieved from the stomach of a sperm whale Physeter macrocephalus, the carcass is about 3 m long, long-bodied, and appears to have a camel-like head and a fluked tail.

    Archive 2006-09-01

  • The diet of sperm whales (Physeter macrocepahlus Linnaeus 1758) off the Azores.


  • (Physeter catodon) (including bottlenose whales) (1) Killer

    South: the story of Shackleton’s last expedition 1914–1917

  • Physeter whale, and the Anvil Headed whale, is the present Cachalot of the French, and the Pottsfich of the Germans, and the

    Moby Dick; or the Whale


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