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Physeter macrocephlus
Common Name: sperm whale
Department: Natural History
Accession Number: A6.3.76.2b
During the 19th century, it was common for sailors onboard whaling vessels to carve pictures onto bone or ivory. The process is called skrimshaw. This picutre of a ship, which may in fact be a 'self portrait' of the ship the sailor was on at the time, is etched onto the tooth of a Sperm Whale.
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