LAST week a beluga whale – instantly dubbed Benny – was spotted in the River Thames, thousands of miles away from its normal Arctic habitat.
Despite it being lost, the RSPCA said it was hopeful the mammal would survive and find its way home.
Following the rare arrival, we thought we’d dig up 10 things you might not know about the mighty monsters of the deep... THE sperm whale’s head houses the heaviest brain in the animal kingdom, weighing up to 9kg. The head also consists of a cavity large enough to park a car in. THE southern right whale has the largest testicles of any species on the planet – each pair weighing around a ton. BLUE whales are the world’s largest animal and the heart of it can be as big as a VW Beetle, with beats loud enough to be detected from two miles away. FINBACK whales piss the equivalent of three full bathtubs, every single day. ORCAS – also known as killer whales – have been known to kill sharks by head- butting them in the stomach from below, causing them to explode. THE blue whale has the largest penis in the world at about eight feet long. are whales alive today who were born before was written in 1851. SPERM whale vomit – which is known as ambergris – is worth tens of thousands of pounds and is used in the production of perfume. A solid, waxy and flammable substance, it smells of shit at first, but as it ages it takes on a sweet, earthy scent. EVERY dead whales that is found on a British beach belongs to the monarchy. Rob Deaville, from the Zoological Society of London, said: “A king has the right to the head and a queen has the right to the tail.” AS the biggest killer of whales in the world, Japan sells whale meat in food markets. Iceland, Norway, Greenland and Canada also sell whale meat in shops and supermarkets as a staple of the Inuit diet.