State symbols were adopted by states to best represent them and their historical roots, their geological makeup, their past, and present successes, and the ecosystem and habitats that make up the state. Like all other states, there are many Connecticut state symbols that have been adopted over the years.
What is the State Animal of Connecticut?
The famous Connecticut state animal is the sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus), and has been since 1975. Sperm whales have played a hugely significant role within the state’s history, being the second-biggest whaling region in the U.S. during the 1800s, only bested by Massachusetts. These sperm whales grow to an incredible 70 feet long and can weigh up to 60 tons!
The brain of a sperm whale is proven to be the largest of any animal on our planet, reaching in some cases 20 pounds! These sperm whales are not only unusual in terms of their appearance, but they have some pretty strange behavioral patterns too.
Female sperm whales and their young travel in permanent units, which are called pods, while the larger males go to and from breeding and feeding grounds. Additionally, sperm whales are some of the deepest divers in the ocean, with the capability of diving 2 miles deep. Also, did you know that sperm whales are found in every single ocean in the world?
Most states will have their symbols showcase a relevant story, that is indicative of the state and its history, and the Constitution State puts its history and what it stands for across very well in its state animal. This interesting fact about Connecticut and its state animal, coupled with a whole host of others are what makes the state so unique and fascinating to those that live there or are researching the historical events and symbols of the state.