Posted by: The ocean update | January 19, 2016

Beached cub sperm whale in Brazil

calf-sperm-whale-BrazilJanuary 19th, 2016 (Gemars). A sperm whale cub with a little over 4 m in length was found dead yesterday morning (18 January 2016) in Balneario Santa Rita, northern coast of Rio Grande do Sul.

The species, known scientifically as Physeter macrocephalus, was hunted intensely in the past and today is threatened with extinction , consisting as ” vulnerable ” (VU ) in the lists of fauna threatened with extinction in Brazil and Rio Grande do Sul .

Sperm whales have oceanic habits and are sighted usually in the brake of the continental shelf of Rio Grande do Sul, where they feed on several species of squid and octopus . The last recorded stranding of the species in the northern coast of the state had occurred in the summer of 2010 in Arroio do Sal.

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