Wednesday, February 3, 2010

The Superb Sperm Whale

Sperm Whale (Physeter catodon)
When Herman Melville wrote Moby Dick, a story with a bull sperm whale as a hero, he made an good choice. These colossal marine beasts may grow up to 67 feet and have the largest brain of any modern or extinct animal! Not only does it have a massive brain, it is the largest toothed whale. Though it was hunted intensively until about 1980, the maximum known age is 77 years.

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