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Thursday, June 21, 2012

The sperm whale.


The king of seas, oceans a top predator can defeat a group of Orcas (killer whales), descending to great depths and hunt giant squid. The sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) is undoubtedly the animal with greater ability to kill (this sounds a little nerdy) in the world.

But it is true, can weigh almost 50 tons, is the largest toothed mammal, and has very special characteristics. For example:

The sperm whale can be lowered to depths of 3,000 meters, holding their breath for more than 1 hour and resist the high pressure that occurs at these depths. When your heart beats dives 1 time per minute, and lungs contract to handle the pressure. Pressures we are talking about 30 million Pascals ... it is like having to put up at the tip of the little finger, 5 bulls on top of each other, and that in each cm2 of the skin of the whale. In addition, blood has a dense, with many red blood cells and this reduces nitrogen production, something that all divers are afraid and so are decompression.
All these physical adaptations allow the mammal to become deeper dives.
Another thing that stands out is the sonar. Sunlight begins to disappear at a certain depth (about 400m I think), the abyssal darkness prevails and vision, the eyes, is useless in these places. But the sperm whale has devised how to move easily and even hunt prey as elusive as the giant squid. The crack produced by the sperm whale is the loudest sound produced by any animal, but its function is unknown (although it is believed that sonar and used as a weapon to stun their prey).
The sperm whale can get to be more than 20 meters and, as we said, 50 tons and has a serrated jaw 5 meters. It is a mammal, lives in family groups, and has no predators. Still, is in danger of extinction ... for now in a vulnerable state.