Spermaceti

From: Dagmar Fertl (dagmar_fertl@hotmail.com)
Date: Mon Apr 10 2000 - 10:53:32 EDT


Are Sperm Whale's born with spermacetti or does it develop?
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I would assume since it's part of the head that it is not something that
develops later. Spermaceti is thick waxy fluid in a sac in the forehead of
sperm whales. It may occupy more than 30% of the whale's total length and
20% of its weight. The spermaceti is the sperm whale oil that was most
sought after by whalers for candlemaking and for burning in lanterns.

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