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sperm whale

n.
1. A very large toothed whale (Physeter macrocephalus syn. P. catodon) formerly hunted for the spermaceti in its massive head and the ambergris in its intestines. Also called cachalot.
2. Either of two small toothed whales (Kogia breviceps or K. sima) also containing spermaceti in the head.

sperm whale

n
(Animals) a large toothed whale, Physeter catodon, having a square-shaped head and hunted for sperm oil, spermaceti, and ambergris: family Physeteridae. Also called: cachalot
[C19: short for spermaceti whale]

sperm′ whale`


n.
a large, square-headed, toothed whale, Physeter catodon, having a cavity in the head that contains sperm oil and spermaceti.
[1825–35]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.sperm whale - large whale with a large cavity in the head containing spermaceti and oilsperm whale - large whale with a large cavity in the head containing spermaceti and oil; also a source of ambergris
toothed whale - any of several whales having simple conical teeth and feeding on fish etc.
genus Physeter, Physeter - type genus of the Physeteridae
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THE Blue Planet II team captured some incredible underwater shots for the next episode by planting suction cameras on sperm whales.
Researchers suggest the same solar storms that cause the auroras, which are also known as northern lights, would have created disruptions in Earth's magnetic field that could have confused sperm whales and led to 29 of them becoming stranded in early 2016.
Summary: After three sperm whales were recently spotted in the sea off Tyre, experts said the sighting was coincidental and in no way indicative of growing dangers or an increased whale population in Lebanon's waters.
Bryde's Whales or Tropical Whales, Blue Whales, Humpback Whales, Sperm Whales, Dwarf Sperm Whales, Cuvier's Beaked Whale, Pygmy Killer Whales, Melon-Headed Whales and False Killer Whale are the famous types of whales that visit Omani waters.
The mass standings of sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) are still largely unexplained events.
Male Sperm Whales can reach 20 m in length and are considerably larger than the females.
The protocol defines 4 colour-coded alarm levels: GREEN, no sperm whales; YELLOW, presence of 1 or more sperm whales underwater; ORANGE, presence of 1 or more sperm whales on the surface without any risk of colliding with vessels; RED, presence of 1 or more sperm whales with imminent risk of collision.
A decade-long survey has shown that sperm whales in the Caribbean region communicate with a particular accent that is exclusive to the area.
Since mid-January, 29 sperm whales have died on beaches in the Netherlands, France, Germany and Britain.
Those sperm whales washed up on the North Sea coastline have sparked much debate among the youngsters in our house.