Oil on Wood Panel: 62" X 47"
The Sperm Whale (Physeter catadon) is the largest toothed whale on Earth. Measuring up to 60 feet in length, this marine mammal also has the largest brain of all creatures. Once hunted to a point of depletion, being unviable commercially, the Sperm Whale is currently under protection. Scientists are yet uncertain if the Sperm Whale as a species will ever recover from the whaling that took place in the 20th century. Though relatively little is known about the Sperm Whales' natural history, scientists have noted that these whales are in close physical contact on a regular basis.
In the Summer of 2000 the Japanese whaling fleet killed 5 Sperm Whales, with a goal to take 8. Many other species of Whales are being threatened with the resumption of commercial whaling.
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