Films: In the Heart of the Sea (2015)
Alias: Moby Dick
Height/Weight: Twice that of an average sperm whale.
Summary: Some of you might think that the titular beast of Herman Melville's acclaimed story of 'nature beats man' is little more than a savage sea monster. The truth is...not quite. Granted, we're still dealing with a sperm whale the size of an aircraft carrier, but the circumstances couldn't be more different.
History: This story was, at least in this film, the inspiration for Melville's book, recounted to him by the last surviving member of the crew of the Essex, a ship designed for whaling purposes. The crew was desperate for business, but they bit off more than they could chew. For they attacked what turned out to be a pod of whales being protected by a much, MUCH larger albino specimen. And this whale holds grudges...
Notable Kills: Nothing special.
Final Fate: The most this whale gets is a harpoon just above its eye. But the final survivor finds it in himself not to kill it, as if to acknowledge that the Essex sort of brought this upon itself. The whale has not been seen ever since, but it's safe to assume it went back to protecting its pod as usual.
Weakness: Heavy artillery.
Scariness Factor: 3.5-It's ultimately like any other whale. That is, if somehow ballooned in size and happened to have good memory. Still, this isn't quite the murderous crazed beast some would perceive it as, seeing how it was only trying to keep those damned whalers away from its turf. Whaling sucks, plain and simple.
Trivia: -If you can believe it, "Moby Dick" was initially loathed by critics due to its controversial opinions on whaling, which was a rather lucrative business at the time. There was also a rather fatal error on the publisher's part that got rid of the crucial epilogue at times. Also, literary criticism wasn't exactly at its finest back then.
-The largest sperm whale on record (as in, not found in pieces) was about 18 meters long and weighed about 53 metric tons. There have been sightings of sperm whales as big as the one in the film, but these come from almost no scientific background whatsoever.