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Toob S275529 Sperm Whale Adult - Multi-Colour

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From the snout to the notch in the fluke the Papo sperm whale measures 10.5” (26.6 cm). Adult male sperm whales measure about 60’ (18.3 meters) and if we scale the toy down from that length than that puts the figure at 1/68 in scale. Sperm whales are some of the most sexually dimorphic of all cetaceans, with males being 30-50% larger than females. Scaled down from a female maximum length of 39’ (12 meters) the figure is 1/44 in scale. Male sperm whales have a proportionally larger head than females and because of that I’m inclined to think that the Papo sperm whale represents a male but there is no genital slit sculpted on the toy. For almost 25 years now, Papo has been helping younger and older children to develop and to discover the world around them. Childhood is a time of dreams and adventures, and this was what we had in mind when we decided to create, invent, innovate with a wide range of animals or characters. One constant factor which has not changed over the years is quality (the quality of the sculptures and of the materials used) which has always been our watchword and will remain so. Starting at the enormous rectangular head we can see that the blowhole, shaped somewhat like a comma, is properly sculpted on the forward left side of the head. On the underside we have a narrow, underslung jaw. On this figure the jaw is articulated and although that makes the toy more dynamic the seams around the lower jaw are painfully obvious and my biggest complaint about the toy. Although I haven’t tested the limits of its durability, I have to assume the jaw is also prone to breakage in the hands of a child. Characteristics: This Sperm Whale figure includes the whale’s most distinctive feature – its huge, square-shaped head. The head of a Sperm Whale can be as much as one third of its total body length. This whale has a number of additional features that make it unique among other whales, including its wrinkled and rippled skin, its triangular tail, and its off-center blowhole. A highly recommended online toy store featuring a wide variety of Papo, Schleich, Safari Ltd., CollectA, and other figures.

Small brown eyes are present just forward and slightly above the pectoral fins. The eyes are cleanly painted and lifelike with some wrinkling present around them. The pectoral fins are appropriately rounded with the phalanges visible under the skin. The robust body is wrinkled and prune-like and the dorsal fin is small and rounded, followed by three small humps which can vary in number among individual sperm whales. The base of the tail is laterally compressed but deep and robust, and the tail itself has triangular shaped flukes with a deep notch between them. In the family of large marine mammals there is the Sperm Whale. The latter goes hunting in deep and icy waters. Remarkable with its rough skin and its imposing tail, this cetacean uses its vent placed near its head to catch its breath. Females prefer warmer waters to breastfeed their vulnerable babies. When they are strong enough, they will join their father for great adventures. The Sperm Whale is the largest predatory animal living on Earth today, reaching nearly 70 feet in length. It hunts in the deep ocean, and its prey often includes the second largest living predator – the Colossal Squid. Sperm Whales are known for their large heads, which contain oil called spermaceti. It is this substance, once commonly used in lamps and candles, that gives the whale its common name.• Scientific Name: Physeter macrocephalus

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