|No idea what whale this is, but I think it's a whale :)|
Imagine the water pressure at that depth? It says it's equivalent of 320 atmospheres.
And the longest dive lasted for 137 minutes - yep, over 2 hours!
That's some feat!
They recorded 1100 dives, with the average being 1.4km. That's a lot of diving.
This fascinates me. We don't really know much about the inhabitants of the ocean. But why would a whale dive that far? It would have to be chasing food, right? Big giant squid of the deep?
We have these whales around Australia, they know this because of strandings, not sightings. Here's some Aussie info on them.
They're about 8m long for females, up to 10m for males.
They like deep water and are rarely found in waters less than 1km deep (and after the diving info, this is understandable, any shallower would be boring for them :) ).
Oh, they eat mostly oceanic squid. And one found off Victoria had up to 500 individual squid in its stomach. That's a LOT of squid.
I wonder if they chase a big squid to those depths, or if there was a huge mass of squid down there that the whale went down to eat.
Nature is fascinating :)