First documented by Eland the Younger, the wood-whale is a form of hover whale, found only in old growth forests. Eland described the wood whale as an enormous but oddly graceful beast and estimated its length at nearly 40 feet. Wood whales were threatened by habitat loss and hunting in the early part of the century but were one of the first mammals placed on the protected species roster. Their population has since rebounded and is believed to be stable at some 40 thousand individuals.