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3rd September 1956: A London Zoo worker cleans the teeth of 'Moby Dick', which formed part of an exhibit on whales. One of Moby Dick's inspirations – the true to life sinking of the Nantucket ship Essex in 1820 – is a story that’s steeped in horrific events like starvation, cannibalism and the crew slowly driven mad by their tragic circumstances. (Photo : Fox Photos/Getty Images)

3rd September 1956: A London Zoo worker cleans the teeth of ‘Moby Dick’, which formed part of an exhibit on whales. One of Moby Dick’s inspirations – the true to life sinking of the Nantucket ship Essex in 1820 – is a story that’s steeped in horrific events like starvation, cannibalism and the crew slowly driven mad by their tragic circumstances. (Photo : Fox Photos/Getty Images)

Whaling, Human Sacrifice and the True Story of “Moby-Dick”

On the morning of November 20, 1820, in the Pacific Ocean, an enraged sperm whale rammed the Nantucket whaler Essex. As the boat began to sink, her crew of twenty had time only to collect some bread and water before pulling away in three frail open boats. Without charts, alone on the open seas, and thousands of miles from any known land, the sailors began their terrifying journey of survival. Ninety days later, after much suffering and death by starvation, intense heat, and dehydration, only eight men survived to reach land. One of them was Owen Chase, first mate of the ill-fated ship, whose account of the long and perilous journey has become a classic of endurance and human courage. The elements of his tale inspired Herman Melville (who was born the year the Essex sank) to write the classic Moby Dick.

In its day, word of the ill-fated voyage created a kind of tidal wave of horror, passing from ship to ship and shore to shore. The tale so haunted whaling circles that Melville, already familiar with the story, was intrigued when a shipmate, on a long ocean journey, pulled a book from his sea chest. It was a chronicle of the disaster written by the sailor’s father, Owen Chase, the first mate on the Essex. “The reading of this wondrous story upon the landless sea,” Melville later wrote, “had a surprising effect upon me.” Chase’s memoir would go on to serve as the basis for the climax of Melville’s 1851 novel, Moby-Dick.

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Whale unleashes ‘poonado’

These articles are mandatory, for obvious reasons.  Also, it’s headline SB can relate to.

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I hate to think what that actually smells like.    Or tastes like…   Read more »

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Photo: Keri Wilk

Photo: Keri Wilk

Poonado!

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The unbelievable stench of rotting whale

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A dead whale is transported on the back of a lorry on the A2 near Canterbury in Kent

Ok, so you are never going to get a smell off a blog post, despite what my detractors say.

You can however read about it.

Motorists were left sickened after seeing a 50ft rotting whale being driven along a busy dual carriageway.

The giant sperm whale died when it became stranded on the Kent coast near Seasalter more than a week ago.  Read more »

Eating baby seals is only the beginning

Apparently I eat babies…am evil personified…and should be ignored.

But you can’t ignore Killer Whales…you can only seek to understand them.

Fortunately The Atlantic earlier last year compiled a list of 7 reasons why Killer Whales are Evil geniuses.

Over at Wired Science, a photographer caught a stunning sequence of a killer whale in Monterey Bay flipping a dolphin out of the water and then eating it. Apparently, they do this regularly! “I have seen this with several different species of dolphins from various places around the world, so I think that killer whales probably do this regularly but not commonly,” a NOAA ecologist told Nadia Drake. “With slower swimming species, like seals and sea lions, killer whales prefer to use their tails to swat them out of the water.” Just go look at the ridiculous photographs.

Yikes. So that’s reason number one: they kill dolphins, and who doesn’t love dolphins?

Perhaps, though, we should more firmly establish that they are evil.* They kill baby things. So many baby things and in so many innovative ways!Baby sealsBaby sea lions. Even baby sperm whales!   Read more »

Whale explodes

Sperm Whale explodes in the Faroe Islands while a man is trying to open his stomach. Sperm Whales are not killed in the Faroe Islands, this one died of natural causes.

Wednesday nightCap

Snapped!

This will be in the running for the Best Snapped! photo:

Hi Cam – not mine, but what the hell; dead sperm whale on Paraparaumu Beach this morning. Those jaws are seriously impressive! Just hope it’s not an omen…

Cheers
T

Sperm Whale

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