Physeter macrocephalus is a marine creature, like the Bargibant’s Seahorse. It can be found around the world in tropical, temperate and subpolar seas of both hemispheres at depths greater than 3000ft.  In the summer months of the Sperm whale breaching waters surfaceyear, males (generally 14+ meters in length) tend to travel much greater distances than females. Male sperm whales often move into higher latitude (North of 45N), which can even include the artic waters around Greenland, Iceland and Spitsbergen. However, adult females and their young remain restricted, rarely moving north of 45-50 degrees N, but being moving south to areas where sea surface temperatures are warmer. Larger males travel much farther than both females and younger males such that a rise in size of the males exists, as they get closer to the North and South Pole. Although sometimes sperm whales can be spotted off oceanic coasts or islands, they are typically found in the open sea. In fact, sperm whales can be found in all marine waters deeper than 1,000m, which giant squid also inhabit.

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