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.
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Shooting date : 2017-01-28
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.