This Wildlife Wednesday, learn about the sperm whale - a giant of the oceans that may have more to do with your beauty routine than you think!
This Wildlife Wednesday, learn about the amazing sperm whale—Moby Dick’s famous whale that may have more to do with your daily beauty routine than you think.
Habitat: They live in oceans all over the world—from polar regions to tropical areas.
Sperm whale trivia
Why they’re threatened
The sperm whale was classified as endangered in 1970. More than 40 years later, it is still in danger of becoming extinct.
Research has shown that female sperm whales have lower rates of conception after being exposed to uncharacteristically warm sea temperature. Become an eco-activist and help fight climate change.
Is there sperm whale byproduct in your beauty cabinet? Sperm whales produce a sticky substance in their gut that, when vomited, is used in commercially produced perfume manufacturing. Other than the “ick” factor, this process is controversial, as it uses a byproduct of an endangered species. Plus, vegans may not be aware that their perfume contains an animal byproduct.
Although generally the substance is collected from beaches, researchers say that in extreme circumstances, whales have been killed to extract the substance. They fear that this expensive substance is so tempting that illegal poaching is a potential threat to whales.
Recently, researchers from the University of British Columbia have uncovered a gene in balsam fir trees that may lead to the manufacturing of commercial perfumes sans sperm whale vomit. In the meantime, however, opt for pure essential oils.
Other threats include noise pollution that interferes with whale communication, entanglement in nets and other debris, pollution, and even collision with ships.
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