Real-Life ‘Moby-Dick’? Testing Sperm Whales’ Ramming Ability

Real-Life 'Moby-Dick'? Testing Sperm Whales' Ramming AbilityBased on an incident described in 1820 involving the Nantucket whaling vessel the Essex, the film relays the terrifying tale of an enraged sperm whale turning the tables on its tormenters, using its enormous head as a battering ram to smash a whaling ship to splinters. Recently, a team of engineers took a look at whether the unusual and oversize head of the sperm whale would be able to sustain the force required to demolish a whaling boat by ramming it. Sperm whales (Physeter macrocephalus) are the largest of the toothed whales.

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April 7, 2016 3:04 am

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