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The pygmy sperm whale is amongst the smallest of all whales; they are about 1.2m at birth, growing to around 4m at maturity. Adults weigh about 400kg.

Pygmy sperm whales are found in the temperate waters of the Atlantic, Pacific and Indian Oceans, including Australia. Get out into a coastal NSW national park to see if you can spot them. They have 12 to 16 sharp pairs of teeth in the lower jaw and feed on squid, octopus, shrimp, fish and crab.

Pygmy sperm whales are found singly or in groups of two to three individuals. However, they are rarely sighted at sea, so most of what we know about this species comes from stranded animals. Pygmy sperm whales are also one of the most commonly stranded species in NSW.

For the best tips to spot this elusive species, visit our whale watching tips and guidelines.