Bringing the case aboard
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While flensing a sperm whale one of the sections to be brought aboard was the head, specifically that part known as the "case" that contained the huge quantity of spermaceti oil that sperm whales were most valued for. This made it easier to ensure that the oil contained in the head was used as well as possible with minimal loss or wastage.


Picture from an old postcard

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Picture used courtesy NOAA