Whale oil, made from the blubber of sperm whales, can lubricate fine machinery, even under conditions of high heat and friction. As a result it is used to lubricate fine machinery. Many, many whales are killed every year to supply this need. Meadowfoam seeds contain an oil which is very similar to the whale oil. Commercially grown meadowfoam oil may someday replace whale oil and eliminate the need to kill these magnificent creatures for their fat.