Sperm Whale (Physeter macrocephalus, Linn.)

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    1. Matthew-1 35 months ago | reply

      Nice sketch.
      He doesn't seem to have a particularly "hydrodynamic" shape does he?

    2. Scott Schreiber Jewelry Design 35 months ago | reply

      Matthew...there is a good reason for that. The very front of the head is shaped to focus the projected sonar energy which originates in the upper forward section of Physeter's head. It enables the whale to efficiently find it's food.....so the trade off of speed for food is a "reasonable" one.

    3. Matthew-1 35 months ago | reply

      Interesting, I wasn't aware of the sonar. Do other whales have sonar?
      Obviously this whale species is not a tuna or a marlin needing incredible speed.
      I've seen two kinds of whales - well 3. Orca whales and a Grey whale on the BC coast, and a Fin whale caught in the prow of a cruise ship in Vancouver (and killed).
      They are amazing creatures.

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