The beaming ivory fluke of a rare white sperm whale is a sight that whale watchers around the world hope to catch a glimpse of. The white sperm whale, an unexpectedly stunning genetic anomaly, may be found in any region the sperm whale inhabits. Adult male sperm whales, also known as bulls, average 52 feet in length, while females, called cows, average 36 feet in length.
American explorer and author Jeremiah N. Mocha Dick survived many skirmishes by some accounts at least with whalers before he was eventually killed. He was large and powerful, capable of wrecking small craft with his fluke.
All rights reserved. A fluke of genetics can produce animals with no pigment at all—albinos—or creatures that are mostly white. Like a ghost rising from the deep, a rare white whale flashed its pale hide off Australia's Gold Coast on Sunday.
A whale-watching guide struck white gold last month when he encountered a rare, albino gray whale breaching off the west coast of Baja California, Mexico. Footage of the whalewhich tour guide and scuba instructor Manuel Gonzalez posted to Facebook in March, has drawn comparisons to Moby Dick, the white whale of literary legend described by Herman Melville in Unlike Moby, who was a gargantuan sperm whale with an appetite for New England mariner limbs, the gray whale recorded here was probably just chilling in the area for its annual mating season.
An amazing sighting of a rare white whale this week has captured the imagination of the internet. View image of Is the lonely whale a fin whale, blue whale or hybrid? This mysterious whale has been called " the loneliest whale in the world ", because it sings at a pitch that no other whale does.
But the probable-but-unconfirmed spotting by Jenny Dean, a Queensland, Australia native, takes the cake. Let us ocean enthusiasts from the Smithsonian Ocean Portal answer your questions. What do we know about Migaloo?
The inspiration for the white whale of Moby Dick, sperm whales have the largest heads, biggest brains, and make the loudest sound of any animal on Earth. Region: Arctic. Destinations: Lofoten, Greenland, Svalbard, Iceland.
It is the only living member of the genus Physeter and one of three extant species in the sperm whale familyalong with the pygmy sperm whale and dwarf sperm whale of the genus Kogia. The sperm whale is a pelagic mammal with a worldwide range, and will migrate seasonally for feeding and breeding. The females cooperate to protect and nurse their young. Females give birth every four to 20 years, and care for the calves for more than a decade.
Sperm whalePhyseter catodonalso called cachalotthe largest of the toothed whaleseasily recognized by its enormous square head and narrow lower jaw. The sperm whale is dark blue-gray or brownish, with white patches on the belly. It is thickset and has small paddlelike flippers and a series of rounded humps on its back.