I’m not making this up. Someone at the nearby auto-supply store told me that Dextron II auto transmission fluid contained whale oil, and that because using whale oil is no longer allowed by international treaty, Dextron II was banned, so they had to start selling only Dextron III, which contains no whale oil.
I believed this whopper at first. Then I did a little research, and it seems from what I can tell, whale oil hasn’t been used in auto-transmission fluid for 40 years.
So, did Dextron II ever contain whale oil? Or was this just the story of a store clerk with too much time on his hands and wanted to rib me a little?