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Don't Tell Ahab: Scientists Find Real Great White Whale

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Don't call me Ishmael. Call me "Albicetus." Scientists on Wednesday said fossils unearthed in 1909 in Santa Barbara, California, that had been wrongly categorized for decades as belonging to a group of extinct walruses were the remains of a fearsome sperm whale that swam the Pacific Ocean 15 million years ago during the Miocene Epoch. They named it Albicetus, meaning "white whale," a reference to the leviathan in Herman Melville's classic 1851 novel Moby...

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