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Physeter macrocephalus

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What Sperm Whales Can Teach Us About Humanity | National Geographic

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Sperm whale jumping twice (Physeter macrocephalus)

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Physeter Macrocephalus

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Physeter macrocephalus

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cachalote (Physeter macrocephalus) whale sperm

The sperm whale or cachalot is the largest of the toothed whales and the largest toothed predator. It is the only living member of genus Physeter and one of three extant species in the sperm whale family, along with the pygmy sperm whale and dwarf sperm whale of the genus Kogia.
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  • Taxonomy and naming 

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  • Life cycle 

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  • Relationship with humans