Sperm Whales Are the World’s Largest Battering Rams

In 1820, a sperm whale attacked and sank the Essex, a whaling ship from Massachusetts. The incident inspired Herman Melville to write Moby Dick, and marine biologists have been wondering ever since if the whales actually engage in ramming behaviour. A fascinating new study suggests this may be the case. Read More >>

Why NASA Takes Interest in Sperm Whale Echolocation Organs 

The sperm whale has an internal organ that has been of much interest to scientists for decades. What’s surprising is that it’s not biologists who are interested in it. The people studying this ocean traveller are people who want to travel through space. Read More >>

Sperm Whale Clans Speak Different Dialects

We humans pride ourselves on our cultural diversity, but we’re not the only creatures that form unique societies. Turns out, two clans of sperm whales living near the Galápagos Islands speak different dialects — offering yet more evidence that animals have culture, too. Read More >>

This Robot’s Rare Encounter With a Sperm Whale Gave Me Goosebumps

I can almost feel the excitement that the researchers of the Nautilus Exploration Program must have felt when their robotic explorer met this glorious sperm whale at 598 metres below the Gulf of Mexico off the coast of Louisiana. Read More >>