|Named By:||A. T. Boersma & N. D. Pyenson in 2015|
|Location:||Japan - Kadonosawa Formation, Kunnui Formation, Yuda Formation. USA, California - Monterey Formation|
|Classification:||| Chordata | Mammalia | Cetacea | Physeteroidea ||
|Also known as:||| Ontocetus oxymycterus | Scaldicetus oxymycterus ||
Albicetus is a genus of stem-sperm whales that lived around 15 million years ago, found in Santa Barbara, California in 1909. It was originally wrongly categorized for decades as belonging to a group of extinct walruses. It was named Albicetus, meaning "white whale," a reference to the leviathan in Herman Melville's classic 1851 novel Moby Dick, centering on Captain Ahab's obsession with a huge white sperm whale.