Saturday, March 26, 2016

Moby Dick Ch. 80: The Nut

The following is from a work-in-progress called "Moby Dick: a Book Report" in which I read each chapter of Herman Melville's classic novel Moby Dick, and write about what I read.

After examining the outside of the whale’s massive head, Ishmael speculates on the nature of the creature’s brain.  This chapter made me curious about Sperm Whale brains and intelligence.  I discovered that these whales actually have the largest brains in the world.  Their brains are five times heavier than humans.  Of course, brain size does not always directly correlate to intelligence, but this does suggest that whales are probably more intelligent than we give them credit for.

This is a preserved Sperm Whale brain.

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