Subject: Spermaceti and the Sperm Whale

S. Jones (betej@u.washington.edu)
Sat, 21 Nov 1998 21:56:20 -0800 (PST)

On Sat, 21 Nov 1998 Amynbart@aol.com wrote:

> My name is Bart.  I have been wondering, because this is part of my school
> work, how much spermaceti does one sperm whale normally have in its head.
> 
> Thanks.
> 
Dear Bart,
The sperm whale's head makes up 25-35% of its body.  Of this percentage,
only 12% is bone, the rest is the spermaceti organ that weighs
approximately 16 tons.  This organ is make up of two parts - the case and
the junk.  The case contains up to 2.5 tons of oil known as spermaceti.

I hope this answers your question.

Bete