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black whale,

name for the black right whaleright whale,
name for whales of the family Balaenidae. They were so named by whalers, who for centuries considered them "the right whales" to hunt, because they float when killed and because they yield enormous quantities of oil and of baleen.
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 and for the sperm whalesperm whale,
largest of the toothed whales, Physeter catodon, found in the Atlantic and Pacific oceans. It is also called cachalot. Male sperm whales may grow to more than 70 ft (21 m) long and females to 30 ft (9 m).
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1) Liu's whale writings include a novel He-lien-mo-mo the Humpback Whale (1993), a picture book When the Whale Feels Blue (But Not the Blue) (1996), and seven essays: "Death of a Black Whale," "The History of Whales in Taiwan," "Goosebeak Whale," "Sperm Whale," "Right Whale," and "How to Identify Different Whales?
Sue Stauffacher has also written two other books for children, The Angel and Other Stories, a collection of folk tales, and S'gana, the Black Whale, about a 12-year-old boy and a killer whale.