Moby Dick is based on a true story

The most important character in Herman Melville’s classic was a fictional creation, but the author was inspired to create Moby Dick, the murderous white whale by a real-life one, an 80-ton sperm whale called Mocha Dick, which got its name because it was reportedly killed off the coast of Chile, near Mocha Island.

Apparently, Mocha Dick many attacks seemed premeditated. One of Melville’s sources, in addition to his own experience, was the article “Mocha Dick: or the White Whale of the Pacific”.

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