Book In-Jokes in...
by G. B. Thomas and R. L. Finney
(Ninth Edition, Addison-Wesley, 1996)
The index includes an entry for whales, pointing to pages 365 ff. These pages include no mention of whales (they deal with applications of integrals); but there are several graphs there that look remarkably like whales.
It seems like this in-joke first appeared in the sixth edition; thanks to Dave Collins and Anton Sherwood who helped confirm this. The joke can also be found in the authors' Calculus and Analytic Geometry, Part I.
Thanks to Greg Friedman for contributing this entry.
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