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Drama on the high seas: The whale attack that sank a ship

Duration: 06:22

Did you know the tale of Moby Dick where a vengeful sea captain is determined to kill the whale that cost him his leg is based on a true story?

The Essex was a ship that sank in the South Pacific after being attacked by a sperm whale.

The story has been turned into a film called 'The Whale', written by Terry Cafolla and stars Jonas Armstrong.

'The Whale' is on BBC One on Sunday December 22nd at 9pm

Available since: Tue 10 Dec 2013

This clip is from

Breakfast 10/12/2013

The latest news, sport, business and weather from the BBC's Breakfast team.

First broadcast: 10 Dec 2013

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