If you've ever heard someone mention a sperm whale — or you've been lucky enough to see one in person — one of the first things that probably crossed your mind was, "Why are they called sperm whales? According to James Stewart, education supervisor for the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California, they get that name because of the spermaceti organ in their heads. But what in the world is a spermaceti organ? The waxy liquid was considered a prized material during the era of Western and European whaling, and spermaceti, as well as blubber, was turned into numerous industrial products.
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The body of a 40ft 12m long sperm whale which washed up on a beach in East Yorkshire has been removed. Contractors used specialist equipment to remove the whale before taking it to a rendering plant for disposal. Four other dead whales remain on the beach on a remote stretch of shoreline owned by the Crown Estates. Two washed back out to sea. The 20 tonne whale was loaded on to a bespoke metal sledge and pulled along the beach by heavy plant machinery. More news from across Yorkshire. Joe Russell, from contractors Landplant, said they took inspiration from the ancient Egyptians and how they transported materials to build the pyramids.
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Tags: Entertainment, couple, finds, lump of valuable whale vomit, ambergris whale vomit, purfume. Toggle navigation. Veera Juengboon, 31 and his wife Monruedee, 26, travelled to Phuket, southern Thailand to see a friend when they went noticed the lump during a romantic beach walk. The yellowish mass was covered in a pile of trash that washed up on the beach last month.
Sperm whales are the largest of the toothed whales and have one of the widest global distributions of any marine mammal species. They are found in all deep oceans, from the equator to the edge of the pack ice in the Arctic and Antarctic. They are named after the waxy substance, spermaceti, found in their heads.