Head square, about one third the length of the body, with a thin teethed lower jaw. Dorsal fin is a wide triangular lump. Tail dark grey, triangular with a straight rear edge. Water spray from blowhole angles forward out of the forehead, with 5 or 6 blows per minute, about 5 m high. Up to 18 m long.
Sperm Whales can hold their breath for over an hour and dive to depths of 3000 m. They eat squid, fish and shoaling crustaceans. They are the largest of the toothed whales.
Deep waters around the continental shelf, to depths of 3000 m.
Worldwide. Most Australian waters. Potentially near Port Phillip, recorded from Victoria.
Recorded in Australia
- DSE Advisory List : Not listed
- EPBC Act 1999 : Not listed
- IUCN Red List : Vulnerable
- CITES : Trade restrictions (Appendix I)