Monday, 14 July 2008
Whale watching at Kaikoura. This was a spermwhale, which was as big as a Boeing737. His head is so big that it can contain an adult male elephant. His heart is so big that it can contain a small car.His length is 18 metres. His food consists of , among other things, the giant squid.
The sperm whale (Physeter catodon) is the largest of all toothed whales, making them the Earth's largest living carnivore and largest living toothed animal. The whale was named after the milky-white waxy substance, spermaceti, found in its head and originally mistaken for sperm. It has a cosmopolitan distribution across the world's oceans. The species feeds on squid and fish, diving as deep as 2,200 metres (7,200 ft) in order to obtain its prey, making it the deepest diving mammal in the world. Pods of females and young live separately from older males. Sperm whales live for 50 years and possibly more.
The sealions were in the Milford Sound on the South Island of New Zealand.
For watching more critters visit Misty Dawn's place.