What type of whale was Moby Dick?
"Moby Dick" is the allegorical novel by Herman Melville. It tells the story of Captain Ahab, who was searching for a large white whale to kill it. The novel is based on a real story and things the author found out working as a whaler himself.
- It was hardly to be doubted, that several vessels reported to have encountered, at such or such a time, or on such or such a meridian, a Sperm Whale of uncommon magnitude and malignity, which whale, after doing great mischief to his assailants, had completely escaped them; to some minds it was not an unfair presumption, I say, that the whale in question must have been no other than Moby Dick.
An excerpt from "Moby Dick" by Herman Melville
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