The Sperm Whale has a large geographic range and is found worldwide mainly in the open sea in ice free waters greater than 1000 m in depth; in some areas they (mainly mailes) may be found in shallower waters (Taylor et al. 2008
, Wikipedia 2012
). It is rarely seen in BC.
Sperm Whales are the largest toothed whales and may reach lengths of 18 m, with males up to 50% longer than femailes (Wild Whales 2012). They are dark brown-grey in colour with wrinkled-looking skin, a rounded hump, and a distinctive very large, square-shaped head (Wild Whales 2012).
Sperm Whales are carnivores; their primary food is the Giant Squid (Wild Whales 2012).
Numbers of this species were significantly reduced by commercial whaling, however numbers are still relatively large (Wild Whales 2012).