Researchers miss out on sperm whale superpod in Sri Lanka amid pandemic

Sri Lanka is known for the blue whales (Balaenoptera musculus) that occur throughout the year in the waters around this Indian Ocean island. But a lesser-known fact is that this biodiversity hotspot is also, for a brief time of the year, a gathering spot for massive groups of sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus), the largest toothed whale and marine predator.

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Last updated on 07 May 2020

Type: 
Media Watch
Country: 
Sri Lanka
Region: 
Asia
Indian Ocean
Species: 
Physeter macrocephalus
Species group: 
Marine mammals