Sperm Whales and Solo Foraging

Sperm Whales and Solo Foraging

Contributed by Marielle Grenade-Willis

A new study on sperm whales found that although the cetaceans socialize and travel together in large groups, they prefer to solo dive when actively foraging. What makes this research so groundbreaking is that past study of sperm whales has been quite limited due to the mammals’ constant submersion at great depths. Sperm whales are the deepest diving marine mammals on the planet and this new investigation will hopefully shed light on the dynamics of their feeding patterns along with what they actively hunt. The foraging habits of these highly social whales just offer up more evidence that nonhuman animals have unique capabilities expressed in their own particular cultures.