15 June 2010 What about the whales? Posted by: Caitlin Leutwiler | 2 comments | Share: Sperm whales, which can weigh up to 60 tons and reach 60 feet in length, reside year-round in the Gulf of Mexico. Their strong attraction to specific areas for breeding and feeding may override any tendency for them to avoid noxious oil, and several whales have already been spotted swimming through oily, contaminated waters. Inhalation of oil droplets, vapors and fumes is only one of the serious risks posed to sperm whales by oil spills. With a population already depleted from a long-history of being hunted for their oil, this leviathan can’t afford losses from the oil that continues to gush into Gulf waters. Read our factsheet to learn more about how sperm whales may be affected by the ongoing Gulf oil disaster. 2 Responses to “What about the whales?” stacy June 19th, 2010 SAVE THE WHALES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Post Your Comment Click here to cancel reply. Name (required) Mail (required) (will not be published) You May also be interested in A rare sighting at Skilak In a remote part of Kenai National Wildlife Refuge, our Alaska representative catches a rare glimpse of a majestic but elusive animal. Living With Wildlife: Australian Edition Our experts are working with their counterparts around the world to see if the nonlethal methods we develop here to keep wolves and livestock safe can help with similar situations in other countries. A trip to Florida: celebrating the iconic Florida panther The footprint was the size of a large dog’s. It seemed unassuming in the Florida mud, surrounded by the cartoonish prints left behind by wild turkeys. But I knew it belonged to a rare and elusive creature, a state icon. Yes, this was the mark of a Florida panther.