A sperm whale is unable to ram through thick ice unlike bowhead whales. But it can ram ships and sink them without harm. There are no instances of a bowhead ramming a ship and sinking it, but there a 3 such instances with sperm whales. Why?

  • $\begingroup$ Please provide references for all the claims in your post. $\endgroup$
    – Bryan Krause
    Nov 19 at 3:35
  • $\begingroup$ a source please i`d love to read the story behind this question. $\endgroup$ Nov 19 at 5:11
  • $\begingroup$ Only two verified "intended" sinkings (as opposed to accidental collision) with sperm whale - the Ann Alexander and the Essex. The 3rd was an accidental collision, where the ship hit the whale, and is what Moby Dick is based on. $\endgroup$
    – bob1
    Nov 20 at 20:45


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