Giant Jellyfish Invade Japan. Taken on October 15, this and other "absolutely sensational" new pictures offer rare proof of the sperm whale's taste for giant squid, said giant squid expert Steve O'Shea of the Auckland University of Technology in New Zealand. Native to subtropical waters, they were caught in by fishermen as far north as Alaska. Beethoven, a humpback calf, gently rested on Austin's back, wrapping one long flipper around the photographer during the pit of Austin's frustration. Five minutes turns into ten, then fifteen. Individual squid, one visible as a blue-green smear, the other in orange, are among them, perhaps feeding.
Sperm whales do not migrate yearly like baleen whales. Physeter macrocephalus. The life of a sperm whale remains largely a mystery. English German Dutch Spanish. The pictures may also reveal that adult sperm whales, which grow up to 59 feet 18 meters long, use pieces of their prizes to teach youngsters how to catch their own, O'Shea told National Geographic News. Gilly, a biologist at Stanford University, studies the jumbo squid.
As tourist boats began to arrive, he noticed the dolphins getting less cooperative. Scuba Diving Freediving. All rights reserved worldwide. Males battle for mating rights, then breed with multiple females. Alexander says this suggests that management strategies for sperm whales may need to prioritize females, not necessarily populations as a whole.
Get our award-winning magazine Save big on a full year of investigations, ideas, and insights. Lightbox Login Lightbox register Forgot your password? A curious minke named Ella spent days with him in Australia. Password confirmation. While floating near the surface, Austin felt a gentle push on his shoulder, and turned around to find himself staring into the eye of a mother humpback. Other times, they may remain stationary in a vertical position. Did you see that Mother Jones is launching a new Corruption Project?