At the height of the whaling boom, the Atlantic waters are bare of the great mammals, so the ambitious crew set off from Nantucket, Massachusetts, far into the Pacific in search of a possibly mythical offshore feeding ground. There, they are attacked by a gigantic sperm whale that seems to act as bodyguard to his fellows. The Essex founders and the survivors are left crammed onto three jerry-rigged whaling boats in desperate straits. Their lack of food drives them to cannibalism during a months-long journey, as they struggle to stay alive and sane.
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