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Whaling - Sperm Whale's Large Head

Whaling - Sperm Whale's Large Head

Sperm Whales have enormous heads which contain large amounts of "whale oil." Scientists believe this oil may help the whale's buoyancy.

This image depicts a pod of Sperm Whales as they are swimming in the Caribbean Sea, off the western coast of Dominica. Photographer Franco Banfi took the picture. He tells us how these enormous creatures communicate with each other:

What they do is vocalise their own clicks back and forth to one another. The clicks are interpreted by the whales, not as sound, but as three-dimensional moving images that unfold directly inside their head.

Click on the image for a closer look at the whales, including their eyes and markings on their skin.


Media Credits

Image of sperm whales by photographer Franco Banfi. Copyright, Franco Banfi, all rights reserved. Image provided here as fair use for education purposes and to acquaint new viewers with Banfi’s work.

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