Category: Cetaceans in Tenerife

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Sperm Whale

It is the largest of toothed cetaceans and can be easily mistaken for a Great Whale as it is similar in size. Highlights of its anatomy are its gigantic head, which covers a third of its body, dark knobbly skin and a small hump, similar to a dorsal n. It feeds on giant squid found 2,000 metres below sea level, which means it sometimes has to hold its breath for over an hour to hunt its prey. Sperm whales are more frequently spotted in spring, in groups of 4 to 6 females with their calves.

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