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Dominica announces new protections for sperm whales

Dominica has placed almost 800 square kilometers of sea off the west coast of the...
Commerson's dolphin

New Important Marine Mammal Areas added to global ocean conservation list

Commerson's dolphin Experts from a number of countries have mapped out a new set of...
Vaquita. Photo Thomas Jefferson

Scientific Committee gives first ever official species extinction warning

Photo: Thomas Jefferson We have welcomed the urgent call by experts to protect the vaquita...
blue whale

Whale fossil from Peru may have been heavier than blue whale

Scientists examining the bones of a 39 million-year-old ancient whale have concluded that it may...

Ancient sperm whale found in landfill site

Remains of an ancient, fossilized sperm whale have been found in a landfill site in the US.

Parts of the skull, a jawbone, a flipper and 18 teeth from the whale were uncovered at the site in Orange County, and are thought to be 10 to 12 million years old.

Back then, the landfill site would have been submerged under an ancient warm ocean that the whale (measuring around 40 feet) would have been swimming through.

Sperm whales  are one of the deepest diving mammals in the world. Typically they make dives of up to 400m, but can reach depths of up to 2-3km. They are also thought to be able to hold their breath for up to two hours.