Thursday, November 1, 2007

Amazing Video of Sperm Whales and their Cub

I just came across this marvelous video, showing Sperm Whales and their cub in Guam:

This video made me think that maybe there is still hope for us, and for nature. Maybe we CAN fix the damage we are doing to planet earth. It's amazing to see that beauty endures, despite of everything we do.

About Sperm Whales

The Sperm Whale is the largest of all toothed whales and is the largest toothed animal alive, measuring up to 18 metres (60 ft) long. The Sperm Whale is exceptional for its very large head, particularly in males, which is typically one-third of the animal's length.

Sperm Whales, along with bottlenose whales and elephant seals, are the deepest-diving mammals in the world.

They are believed to be able to dive up to 3 km (1.9 miles) in depth and 90 minutes in duration to the ocean floor. More typical dives are around 400 m (437 yards) in depth and 30–45 minutes' duration and generally move in a northerly direction. They can dive two miles deep with one gulp of air for two hours. They carry three tonnes of blood which holds enough oxygen to help it achieve its diving depth.