Information About Sperm Whales in Los Angeles

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Southern California Sperm Whale Description

A male Sperm whale can grow up to 67 feet long; the female is generally about 30% smaller. Sperm whales are toothed whales. There have been estimates and projection that a male Sperm whale has reached up to 80 feet long, which makes it one of the largest whales, next to the Blue whale in existence. The Sperm whale can be spotted easily by its massive head which spans a great portion of its body. In Sperm whales, the brain is massive can on average be about 18 lbs; this however is not too large given its proportion. Of interesting note, a Sperm whale can dive deeper than any other whale and has been known to dive as deep as 2 miles. The Sperm whale can also stay submerged for as long as 90 minutes. The Sperm whale has very few natural predators because of its massive size but Killer (Orca) whales have been known to attack larger Sperm whales. The Sperm whale has a life span of about 65 years.

Southern California Sperm Whale Population

Sperm whales are on the endangered species list. In the past Sperm whales have been widely hunted mainly for their spermaceti, which was used to make oil and candles. Because of whaling, the Sperm whale population has been decreased from an estimated 1,100,000 to approximately 300,000 or less. There are many conservation efforts to preserve the present Sperm whale populations including a nearly worldwide ban on whaling.

Southern California Sperm Whale Feeding Habits

Sperm whales are very large and must intake a massive amount of food. Generally, Sperm whales can stay submerged for up to 90 minutes and dive as deep as 2 miles in search of food. For the most part, the Sperm whale fees on squid, which include the Giant squid. They also feed on octopuses and other fish. Because the Sperm whale is so large, it often eats other fish species which are unintended. This is the subject of Hermann Melville’s book “Moby Dick.” A Sperm whale will eat about 3% of their body weight a day or about 100 tons per year, which indecently is more than the entire human consumption of marine animals per year.

Southern California Sperm Whale Migratory Patterns

Sperm whales have a very large migratory pattern and are known to travel extensively between the North and the South. However, there is evidence that some Sperm whales will tend to reside in the same area for the full year, which makes them a mystery. The evidence seems to indicate that the migration pattern of a Sperm whale can vary depending on the individual. This migration is often times very unpredictable, unlike the migration of many other whales like the Blue Whale and the Humpback whale.

Los Angeles Whale Watching conducts whale and dolphin watching cruises seven days a week with tours at 12 p.m. and 3 p.m.  It is a good idea to arrive early as these cruises do fill up quickly.  Tours usually last from two to two and a half hours.  Ticket prices are as follows:

Individual Ticket Prices – Two Hour to 2 ½ Hour Cruise
Adults $35
Seniors (62 and over) $30
Children (11 and under) $20
Children (2 and under) FREE!

Ticket Prices for groups of 25 or more.
Adults $25
Seniors (62 and over) $20
Children (11 and under) $15
Children (2 and under) FREE!

You can order your tickets online by clicking the button, Clich Here or calling 424-242-0049.  If you have a discount coupon, please present it at the ticket booth.

We look forward to seeing you and continuing to make Los Angeles Whale Watching your choice for whale watching in southern California.  We offer convenient parking and are located near many area attractions such as The Aquarium of the Pacific, Long Beach Lighthouse and Queen Mary as well as excellent shopping and restaurant so you can make a day of it.  Whale watching is a wonderful experience regardless of age.  We can’t wait to provide the best whale watching in southern California experience possible.