The sperm whale (Physeter macrocephalus) was a large cetacean, a whale, indigenous to planet Earth. Unlike baleen whales, sperm whales had teeth which they used to catch giant squid thousands of feet down in the sea. (TOS movie & novelization: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

Humans once hunted sperm whales for their meat, blubber, and ambergris. (TOS movie: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home; TAS episode: "The Ambergris Element")

In the novel Moby Dick by Herman Melville, Moby Dick was a white sperm whale. (TOS novelization: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)

The image of a sperm whale appeared on a display within the HMS Bounty when Spock searched for a match for the sounds of the Cetacean Probe amongst Earth's animals.

In the year 1986, models of the sperm whale and pygmy sperm whale were displayed in a glass case at the Cetacean Institute in Sausalito, California. (TOS movie: Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home)



Earth cetacean species
Baleen whales blue whalefin whalegray whalehumpback whaleminke whaleright whalesei whale
Toothed whales Atlantic bottlenose dolphinBaird's beaked whaleCuvier's beaked whalepilot whaleorcaPacific bottlenose dolphinpygmy sperm whalesperm whaleTakaya's whale

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