Like dwarf sperm whales, pygmy whales also throw potential attackers off guard by ejecting a reddish-brown cloud of liquid which helps them escape the potential predators. Likewise, these two species are often confused with each other. These two whales were not distinguished as separate species until 1966.
Not much is known about this species. Conservation laws and regulations are in place, and pygmy sperm whale is listed in the Least concern category of IUCN. But environmental problems such as increased plastic in oceans are still a major concern as the whales can sometimes swallow these items and then starve to death.
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- To mimic their main predators, sharks, they have ‘fake’ gills behind their eyes.
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Terrestrial / Aquatic
Altricial / Precocial
Polygamous / Monogamous
Dimorphic (size) / Monomorphic
Active: Diurnal / Nocturnal
Social behavior: Solitary / Pack / Herd / Group
Diet: Carnivore / Herbivore / Omnivore / Piscivorous / Insectivore
Migratory: Yes / No
Domesticated: Yes / No
Dangerous: Yes / No