Dwarf Sperm Whales

(This post originally published after my 2009 Baja photo trip)

During the Sea of Cortez portion of the Baja trip, we also got to see a pair of Dwarf Sperm Whales (Kogia sima) near the end of our trip. The 2 were spotted as sunset neared, making a beautiful sight for us. The Dwarf Sperm Whale is a bottom feeder, feeding mostly on squid. They have a unique lung system and are able to stay underwater for very long periods of time, up to an hour. When they surface, they will normally be at the surface for a very long time, trying to “catch their breath”. Here is my favorite image of the pair, just before they dove:

Dwarf Sperm Whales on surface of Sea of Cortez

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