Pygmy sperm whale (Kogia breviceps)
Group formation: Solitary or in pairs or up 6
Size: 3.5m, calf 1.2m
Weight: 400kg, calf 50kg
Sexual maturity: 4-5 yrs
Gestation: 11mths, with 1-2 yrs in between
Weaning: 1 yr
Diet: squid (cephalopods)
Predators: killer whales, sharks – eject over 12 liters of viscous, dark reddish-brown liquid when they feel threatened or when trying to evade predators.
Distribution: tropical and temperate waters of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, in waters ranging from 400 to 1,000m.
Raja Ampat: might be a local population but this is not confirmed yet.
Population size: unknown
Conservation Status: Data Deficient ver 3.1, Pop. trend: unknown
Threats: Vessel collisions, whaling (Japan, Indonesia), chemical and plastic pollution, man-made noise impacts (seismic surveys, military sonar), entanglement in fishing gear, over fishing, die in captivity.