By Melvin Sandoval, San Felipe-Zuni

Animal: Sperm Whale, Material: Marble
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Sperm whales are magnificent mammals with the largest brains of any living creature. An oily substance called spermaceti fills their massive heads as well. In the old days, whalers believed this to be sperm, hence their name. Today scientists have been unable to determine the function of this fascinating material.

Melvin Sandoval's commanding sperm whale effortlessly swims deep oceans, contributing to a marine's ecosystem where they capture carbon from the atmosphere and stabilize the aquatic food chain. About 4 1/2" long, 1 1/8" wide and 1" tall, carved from a sensational marble with orange hued veining.