Monday, October 1, 2012

BABY SPERM WHALE

BABY SPERM WHALE
THE FACTS :
  1. Sperm whales can live 70 years or even more
  2. Sperm whales are a prime example of a species that has been K-selected, i.e., 
  3. Sperm whales` reproductive strategy is associated with stable environmental conditions and comprises a low birth rate, significant parental aid to offspring, slow maturation, and high longevity.
  4. Sperm whales choose mates has not been definitively determined.
     
  5. There is evidence that Sperm whale males have dominance hierarchies, and there is also evidence that Sperm whale female choice influences mating.
     
  6. Gestation requires 14 to 16 months, producing a single calf.
     
  7. Lactation proceeds for 20 to 42 months, but calves may suckle up to 13 years. Calves can suckle from Sperm whale females other than their mothers. 
  8. Sperm whale Females generally have birth intervals of three to six years.
     
  9. Sperm whale Females reach $exual maturity between 7 and 13 years;
     
  10. Sperm whale males follow beginning at 18 years. Upon reaching $exual maturity, 
  11. Sperm whale males move to higher latitudes, where the water is colder and feeding is more productive.
     
  12. Sperm whale Females remain at lower latitudes.
     
  13. Sperm whales Males reach their full size at about age 50
BABY SPERM WHALE

BABY SPERM WHALE

BABY SPERM WHALE

BABY SPERM WHALE

BABY SPERM WHALE

BABY SPERM WHALE

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