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Giant sperm whale


Urist likes giant sperm whales for their vengeful nature.


Sperm whale - Sperm whale man - Giant sperm whale

Alignment: Savage

· Aquatic · Exotic mount · Beaching

Tamed Attributes
Pet value 500

· Exotic pet · Breeding

Not 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 5800-7100
Fat 1260-1525
Brain 500-610
Heart 250-300
Intestines 1500-1850

Raw materials

Bones 1450-1770
Skin Raw hide
This article is about an older version of DF.
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 11000 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; out of the water a giant sperm whale will turn into a corpse relatively quickly. They will also occasionally beach themselves, leaving a corpse ready for butchering by lucky dwarves.

If you happen to embark on a Terrifying ocean, you may run into undead versions of these. If you do... well, may Armok have mercy on your soul and those of your dwarves.

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

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

Bonus points if the killing dwarf has a bone crutch and a lost leg.