The Quiz: What was distinctive about the sperm whale in “Moby Dick”?
It was missing an eye
It had three fins
It had two blowholes
It was albino
Moby Dick was white, but most sperm whales are dark blue or grey in color. Herman Melville’s classic 1851 novel about an elusive and dangerous whale was partly based on a real-life sperm whale, detailed in the story “Mocha Dick: Or the White Whale of the Pacific.” Named for the island of Mocha in Chile, the creature eluded whalers for decades before being killed in 1839.
The correct answer to this quiz is It was albino.