Endangered Sperm Whales

Stephanie Reid

Common and Scientific Name

The common name of this species is known as the Pygmy Sperm Whale. The scientific name of this animal is the Kogia Breviceps.


Source Information:

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/mammals/whales/pygmy-sperm-whale.html

Picture: http://cdn2.mhpbooks.com/2013/08/sn-whale.jpg

Location

Pygmy Sperm Whales are most likely to be seen in tropical, subtropical, or temperate ocean waters around the world.


Source:

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/mammals/whales/pygmy-sperm-whale.html

Threats and Dangers of Pygmy Sperm Whales!


  • Bycatch in fishing gear, including (driftnets, gillnets, and purse seine operations).
  • Commercial harpoon fisheries over-fishing in Indonesia, the Lesser Antilles, and Japan.
  • Being hit by ships, occasionally.
  • Marine debris and trash.
  • Underwater sounds and anthropogenic noise.


Source:

http://www.nmfs.noaa.gov/pr/species/mammals/whales/pygmy-sperm-whale.html

What's Being Done?

The species is protected under The Marine Mammal Protection Act of 1972.

-The Marine Protection Act of 1972 is a law that prohibits, with certain exceptions, the "take" of marine mammals in U.S. waters and by U.S. citizens on the high seas, and the importation of marine mammals and marine mammal products into the U.S.


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Be Cautious When In Ocean Waters!

Go Check Out This Really Cool Photo Gallery of The Pygmy Sperm Whale!

Mammals of the World: Pygmy Sperm Whale