I spent last week on a six-metre fishing boat in the Indian Ocean off Kalpitiya, on the west coast of Sri Lanka with the photographer Andrew Sutton and the marine biologist Ranil Nanayakkara. Andrew and I were diving in a marine conservation area under special licence from the Sri Lankan wildlife department. Here, I met a pair of young, sexually mature male sperm whales — cetacean teenagers. Facebook Twitter Pinterest.
9 Enormous Facts About Sperm Whales, Gigantic Creatures of the Sea
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Whale meat , broadly speaking, may include all cetaceans whales , dolphins , porpoises and all parts of the animal: muscle meat , organs offal , skin muktuk , and fat blubber. There is relatively little demand for it, compared to farmed livestock, and commercial whaling , which has faced opposition for decades, continues today in very few countries mainly Iceland , Japan and Norway , although whale meat used to be eaten across Western Europe and colonial America. Vincent and the Grenadines mainly on the island of Bequia , in a couple of villages in Indonesia and in certain South Pacific islands. Like horse meat , for some cultures whale meat is taboo, or a food of last resort, e. Indigenous groups contend that whale meat represents their cultural survival. Its consumption has been denounced by detractors on wildlife conservation , toxicity especially mercury , and animal rights grounds.
The people who dive with whales that could eat them alive
Feeding Habits: The sperm whale has a small range of prey. Although sperm whales eat sharks and skates too, its diet mainly consists of squids. In order for the sperm whale to get squids, it has to dive down to ,ft. The sperm whale lays on its back, so it can see the reflection of the squids swimming above it. When the whale sets its eye on a certain squid, it will swim towards it, and try to pierce it with its sharp teeth.
Sperm whales dive to great depths to more than 2 km or 1. But how did the first sperm whale know it would find giant squids in the ocean depths? The following story is speculation that makes sense but has no facts to support it. Scientists often refer to such stories as just-so stories, named after the stories by author Rudyard Kipling. Before whales evolved, it could be that giant squids lived near the ocean surface.