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First Sighting of Sperm Whales in Pakistan
By Joanna Lentini, September 13, 2017 @ 04:45 PM (EST)
Source: The Express Tribune


This past Sunday, roughly 22km south of the town of Gunz, Pakistan, Captain Mehar Gul caught sight of two spouts of water in the distance. Interested in what species they were, he approached what appeared to be two sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) and followed them for some time before they both dove into the depths and disappeared. Later, Technical Adviser at the WWF-Pakistan, Moazzam Khan, confirmed the whales in the footage are in fact sperm whales. It is the first time sperm whales have been recorded alive in the Pakistani waters of the Arabian Sea. 

Sperm whales are easily identifiable, as their large heads and bulging foreheads are unmistakable. According to Khan, “The dive pattern and terminal blow confirms that the two whales are adults as their size exceeds 10 meters.” Apparently the WWF has been working with local fishermen to help identify the various species of whales in the surrounding waters, to learn more about the bycatch they encounter, and to teach fishermen how to identify and carefully release rare species back into the ocean. The only inkling that sperm whales may be present in Pakistani waters came from a skeleton of a sperm whale washed ashore on Sonara Beach, near Karachi, in 2005.

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Andrzej Kowalski
Sep 14, 2017 7:06 AM
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