Rare Dwarf Sperm Whale Sighting!!!

2020 has started out with a splash! Our captains are embracing the 2020 vision and have sighted some spectacular creatures. This week alone we’ve spotted great whites, tons of Grays and Humpbacks and the most epic find… A Dwarf Sperm Whale.

Only the second sighting ever on the Southern Coast of San Diego. Our Captain Rick was the one to spot this little beauty!

Fellow Captains all joined in the discovery and with the help of Happy Whale identified this beauty as a Dwarf Sperm Whale. Happy Whale identifies whales by their unique markings and also tracks their migration around the globe. They are a great resource for identifying marine wildlife out at sea when you encounter one of these gentle giants.

This photo was taken by Captain Rick a navigator of the seas for the past 36 years.

The Dwarf Sperm Whale the smallest amongst these gentle giants grows up to 550 lbs. These beauties love to feed on squid, octopus, crab and fish. We found this whale roaming the seas alone which is very untypical for this species. They usually travel in groups of up to ten whales.

What makes this sighting so special is that the Dwarf Sperm Whale is very difficult to visually spot because they are so timid and don’t have a visible blow. “The seasonality and migration patterns of this species are unknown.” However, what we do know is that there are only “about 600-750” of these whales in the Northern Gulf of the Mexico stock and no estimate for the California/Oregon/Washington stock.

Picture from https://www.ourbreathingplanet.com/dwarf-sperm-whale/

Adventure Rib Rides is splashing into the new year with 2020 vision and we are super excited for this season’s migration of the GRAYS! Click HERE for more information on what we see out in the beautiful pacific.

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