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Giant sperm whale

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Giant sperm whale
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Urist likes giant sperm whales for their vengeful nature.

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Sperm whale - Sperm whale man - Giant sperm whale

Alignment: Savage

· Aquatic · Exotic mount · Beaching

Tamed Attributes
Pet value 500

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Not hunting/war trainable 

Birth: 4,000,000 cm3
Mid: 100,000,000 cm3
Max: 200,000,000 cm3

Adult at: 1
Max age: 70-80
Butchering returns

Food items

Meat 4940-7048
Fat 1066-1523
Brain 406-580
Heart 203-290
Lungs 812-1160
Intestines 1219-1740
Liver 406-580
Kidneys 406-580
Tripe 406-580
Sweetbread 203-290
Eyes 20-28
Spleen 203-290

Raw materials

Bones 1177-1690
Teeth 2
Skin Raw hide
This article is about the current version of DF.
Note that some content may still need to be updated.

A gigantic monster in the shape of a sperm whale.

Giant sperm whales are really, REALLY giant – they are even bigger than a real-world blue whale. They produce truly enormous stacks of animal products, which can reach over 13,000 total units' worth of food; butchering one will feed a 100-dwarf fortress for a bit more than ten years—if the corpse doesn't rot halfway to the butcher's shop, of course. Giant sperm whales are the largest creatures in the game by a wide margin; they are eight times the size of a dragon, ten times that of a bronze colossus, about 380 times the size of a fully-grown bull moose, and about 3,330 times the size of a measly dwarf.

Hunting giant sperm whales is not easy due to their aquatic nature (and their sheer size). They can be captured with a fish-catching chamber and then air-drowned; a giant sperm whale out of water will quickly turn into a corpse. They will also occasionally beach themselves, leaving a corpse ready for the butchering by lucky dwarves.

If you happen to embark on a Terrifying ocean, you may run into undead versions of these. If you do, pray Armok will have mercy, because these things will have none. Be sure to tell the forum how much fun you had!

Like normal sperm whales, giant sperm whales have a 1/101 chance of being born with white skin instead of the usual gray.

Some dwarves admire giant sperm whales for their vengeful nature and their teeth.

Stuff of legends.
Art by C. Letenneur
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It is rumored that giant sperm whales can only be slain by throwing iron spears into their heads. Giant sperm whales also tend to rip off limbs for no reason, and thereafter the surviving dwarf may start a grudge with the whale that may spell doom for dozens of dwarves.

Size Comparison
Estimated Giant Sperm Whale Size Comparison.