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What Do Sperm Whales Eat? Whale Wars

posted: 05/15/12

The sperm whale is the deepest diving mammal in the world. A typical dive is 1,300 feet, but the sperm whale can go much further, nearly two miles beneath the surface of the ocean.

The creatures it finds down there are strange variations on those we know in shallower waters. Cephalopods — squid, octopus and cuttlefish — make up the majority of its diet. The sperm whale also hunts the largest invertebrates on earth: the giant and colossal squids, active hunters with deadly tentacles.

The voracious sperm whale needs to eat over a ton of food every day.

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