Talk:Sperm whale

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WP:CETA capitalisation discussion[edit]

Prehensile Penis?[edit]

This unusual musculature should be described in some detail for all aquatic mammals, as a correct body positioning in the water (for successful copulation) may be more difficult to obtain.

File: Mother and baby sperm whale.jpg to appear as POTD soon[edit]

Hello! This is a note to let the editors of this article know that File: Mother and baby sperm whale.jpg will be appearing as picture of the day on July 23, 2013. You can view and edit the POTD blurb at Template:POTD/2013-07-23. If this article needs any attention or maintenance, it would be preferable if that could be done before its appearance on the Main Page so Wikipedia doesn't look bad. :) Thanks! Spinach Dip 06:51, 22 June 2013 (UTC)

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Sperm Whale mother and calf

The sperm whale is the largest toothed animal on Earth. The species was hunted extensively by humans throughout history, until protected by a worldwide moratorium on whaling starting in 1985–86.

Photograph: Gabriel Barathieu
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Original reference for the 67-ft male cited in the lead and size section?[edit]

The claim that a 67.9 ft (20.7 m) male was caught off the Kuril Islands by a Soviet fleet in the summer of 1950 has been repeated by Guinness World Record books since at least 1970. I'm guessing the original reference for it is the International Whaling Statistics or perhaps some Russian paper. Does anyone now the origins of it? I know of longer reported lengths, but none approaching that length that were measured by scientists -- the longest I know of was a 60-ft male brought to the Coal Harbour whaling station on the west coast of Vancouver Island in 1954 which was measured by biologist Gordon Pike or one of his assistants. SHFW70 (talk) 02:01, 14 October 2013 (UTC)

I changed the date from 1965 to 1950. The reference is a Japanese site I can't read and the only other hits on Google all appear to be wikipedia mirrors. The date 1950 has at least been published, whereas I got nothing for 1965 on GoogleBooks. I was under the impression there were few bulls even over 55-57 ft in length by the mid-1960s, let alone 60+ feet. A better reference needs to be found for the length and date though. SHFW70 (talk) 02:21, 14 October 2013 (UTC)

Moby Dick[edit]

The sinking of the whaleship Essex was one of the incidents behind Moby-Dick – the other occurred in 1827 when a whale damaged the sloop-of-war Peacock under the command of Commodore Thomas ap Catesby Jones: Melville's "Commodore J—." —Pawyilee (talk) 15:28, 17 April 2014 (UTC)