That’s the sperm whale – a magnificent beast that’s found in oceans and seas around the world, including Britain’s coastal waters. Individuals can grow to a length of 67 feet and have been recorded with weights as high as 63 tons.
At one time, these whales were commonly hunted for their blubber, which was used to make everything from candles and soap to machine oil and pencils. Ambergris was also harvested. Indeed, as many as one million whales were slaughtered for the various products they yielded during the 19th and 20th centuries. But the population has, nonetheless, since been slowly recovering since hunting was outlawed in the 1980s.