They possess the largest brain in the animal kingdom and spend much of their lives in the light-starved depths of the oceans hunting prey. The mighty sperm whales look nothing like any other whale. For a start, they each have an enormous square-shaped head which accounts for around a third of their body length. They have stumpy dorsal fins and two relatively small pectoral fins on either side of their wrinkle-covered bodies. Perhaps their most recognizable trait though is their jaw, containing up to 52 cone-shaped teeth in the lower half, weighing a kilo each! Take a deep breath.
Whales were gigantic marine mammals live completely in the waters. Dolphins and porpoises are relative to whales biologically, these are the members of whales. A legendary White Whale was saved by Jack Sparrow and Will Turner then later helped the two in defeating Viking King and fleeing the stranded Interceptor in northern sea. Whales were heavily hunted for centuries mostly for oils and baleens, resulting in one of the pioneering reasons for men to sail and explore the oceans. Men ventured across the vast waters, and many ports such as Boston were opened for this purpose.
Sperm whales Physeter catodon , or cachalots, are the largest of the toothed whales , with males up to 19 meters 62 feet long—more than five times the length of a large elephant —and females up to 12 meters 39 feet in length. They are easily recognized by their enormous square head and narrow lower jaw. As far as we can tell, Moby Dick was the only sperm whale that delivered a unique brand of karmic justice to one-legged sea captains bent on vengeance. Are they called sperm whales because their body shape is similar to that of male sex cells, or is there another reason?
The Today programme lost the plot yesterday as a twat, a Sprat and a 40ft sperm whale cut a swathe of hilarity through the presenters of the BBC's most serious news programme. The trouble started with an item in the 8am news bulletin from Papua New Guinea where the government has appointed General Jack Tuat as chief of staff to calm troops following the furore over its use of mercenaries. Unfortunately Mr Tuat's name is pronounced "twat". Immediately after the report about Mr Tuat's promotion, Charlotte Green, Radio 4's experienced news reader and continuity announcer, had to read a report about the 40ft sperm whale stuck in the Firth of Forth.