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New lease of life for original lighthouse vents

15/05/2018

As part of the ongoing conservation of the Cape Bruny and Maatsuyker Island lighthouses, a team effort has been underway to restore the original bronze vents from the lighthouses' lantern rooms.More

Record visitor numbers at Highfield Historic Site

09/05/2018

Visitation numbers at Highfield Historic Site in Stanley have reached a record high, with 12,535 people visiting in the 12 months ending March 2018.More

Cradle Mountain shuttle bus tender awarded

08/05/2018

A new bus fleet featuring environmentally friendly technology and vehicles with improved accessibility and increased capacity will help to meet increasing visitor numbers following the awarding of the tender to McDermott Coaches.More

Dwarf Sperm Whale

Drawing by Graham Sanders
The snout of the Dwarf Sperm Whale is more pointed than that of the Pygmy Sperm Whale and its dorsal fin is larger and set nearer to the middle of the back. It is the smallest whale, reaching less than 3m and about 300kg making it similar in size or smaller than a dolphin. They can occur in groups of up to ten

General Information

Dwarf Sperm Whales are an oceanic species which occur worldwide. They prefer warmer waters than the Pygmy Sperm Whale. They reach sexual maturity when around 2m in length and can live up to 22 years. Calves may be born yearly and are weaned at about 1.3m in length.

Stranding Information

They are occasionally found stranded in Tasmania as well as South Australia, New South Wales, Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Although considered an oceanic species it approaches the coast more often than the Pygmy Sperm Whale. In Australian waters sightings are rare and they are less likely to strand than the Pygmy Sperm Whale.