People used to travel in the sea by ship quite a lot. That resulted in many great stories over the seas that should be written and shared, one of which inspired Moby Dick. This allegorical book was written based on true events. Ahab travels on a voyage in the blue sea to chase the white whale.
American explorer and author Jeremiah N. Mocha Dick survived many skirmishes by some accounts at least with whalers before he was eventually killed. He was large and powerful, capable of wrecking small craft with his fluke. Explorer Jeremiah N. Reynolds described Mocha Dick as "an old bull whale, of prodigious size and strength