Re: sperm whale question from a student

From: Peter M Scheifele (
Date: Fri Apr 19 2002 - 20:47:57 EDT


Spermaceti and the name "sperm whale" come from the fact that the clear
spermaceti oil dries into a white, waxy substance that people used to
believe was the sperm of the whale.


On Fri, 19 Apr 2002 11:04:35 -0400 "angel" <>
i heard that they came up with the name sperm whale because the
spermaceti oil is the same color as a males semen, is this true?


Peter M."Skip" Scheifele LCDR USN (Ret.)
NURC NA&GL Director of Bioacoustic Research;
Animal Science Department,
Animal Bioacoustics/Neuroanatomy Researcher
University of Connecticut

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