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It looks like a plastic bag floating in the ocean, a transparent chunk of skin from a sperm whale. It get rubbed off when they socialise and groom each other by rubbing their massive bodies together. Vulnerable (IUCN). The sperm whale is the largest of the toothed whales. Sperm whales are known to dive as deep as 1,000 meters in search of squid to eat. Image has been shot in Dominica, Caribbean Sea, Atlantic Ocean. Photo taken under permit n°RP 16-02/32 FIS-5.

© Franco Banfi / Biosphoto

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Le cachalot est la plus grande des baleines à dents. Les cachalots sont connus pour plonger jusqu'à 1 000 mètres de profondeur à la recherche de calmars à manger.

Keywords

Wild animal / Mammal / Marine mammal / Cetacean / Whale / Sperm whale / Sperm whale (Physeter catodon)

Organism / Morphology / Morphology (zoology) / Molt

Species / Species particularity / Aquatic species / Saltwater species

January

Species / Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora (CITES) / CITES Appendix 1

Species / IUCN Red List of Threatened Species / Threatened endangered species / Vulnerable (IUCN) VU

World sea and ocean / Atlantic Ocean / North Atlantic Ocean / Caribbean Sea

Organism / Anatomy / Organ / Physiological system / Integumentary system / Skin

Area / Marine area / Sea / Tropical sea

America / Antilles islands archipelago / Lesser Antilles (Archipelago) / Dominica island

Colour / Blue

Shot / Underwater shot

Shot / Overview

Float

Individual / Nobody

Latin keywords

Vertebrata / Mammalia / Cetacea / Physeteridae / Physeter

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