CHRIS HELMSWORTH SPEARING A WHALE? YES PLEASE
Also, this movie provides a more accurate depiction of whales. I hope it provokes a new generation of whale haters.
Japan, a civilized country, has whale meat available aplenty. A dear friend of mine shared this link on where to dine on whale in Japan.
I hope to go to Japan next year and sample some of this delicacy myself. I’ve had canned whale before, but it wasn’t very tasty.
I am also going to Iceland in November and hope to eat some whale while there!!
Whale Falls are the ecosystem that builds around a whale’s corpse at the bottom of the ocean.
They are pretty awesome. My local aquarium (Aquarium of the Pacific) has a replica of a whale fall. It’s my favorite exhibit. Ever.
Monterey Bay aquarium posted this great video about some really cool worms. Called Osedax. Which is latin for BONE DEVOURER. I mean… wow, right??? Hard core!!
Here is the official ‘blurb’ and video: “Little red worms grow in thick carpet all over the bones of a dead whale on the deep seafloor. These worms, called Osedax, Latin for bone devourer, have no mouth or guts, but they do have roots that penetrate the bones and branch into the marrow cavity. Bacteria living in the roots digest fats and protein from bone marrow.”
Not sure what’s up with NorCal, but it makes me appreciate the northern part of this state oh so much more than the southern part. Los Angeles, you are way behind on beached whales. Get on that!
The best part? The beached whale is a HUMPBACK. On my list of least to most hated whales, Humpback are at the top of MOST HATED.
Also, this is a female humpback. So one less whale to pump out baby whales.
Damn, check out this beached whale list:
- The 32 foot long humpback, with 4 broken bones and hemorrhaging
- 48 foot male sperm whale
- 25 foot killer whale
- Two grey whales
- Another 40 foot grey whale
- 23 foot yearling (with killer whales teeth marks – GO KILLER WHALES!)
Even killer whales hate other whales. Killer Whales are my LEAST hated whale. SO they can die out last.
So based on that alone, there was at least 200 feet of WHALE beached. Disgusting. Think about all that whale in the ocean, just whaling around. /shudder
While trying to find more details, I also found this article with a whale carcass that got spraypainted with gang graffiti.
This warms my heart, and fills me with a bit of envy. I need to find a dead whale and carve ‘antiwhale.org’ into it.
I go to the Cabrillo Marine Aquarium all the time, but never went to their library until the other day. All I have to say is – WOW. They have a HUGE section on WHALING. Unfortunately, you can’t take out books from the library, and the aquarium is too far a drive to go to just read books during the day, so I ordered some of them (see below).
For the 13+ years that I’ve been running this site, I’ve never posted personal information about myself. The truth is, I’m an avid supporter of aquariums and extremely invested in marine life. My passion focuses on invertebrates (yay nudibranches!). I could care less about vertebrate marine life, and I dislike vertebrate MAMMALIAN “marine” life. And just plain hate whales.
Here are the two books I’ve bought so far:
Stupid ass whale carcass is hogging up some beach front. Oregon has already shown that you shouldn’t blow up a whale – it doesn’t work out so well.
Whales are SO disgusting that even other sea critters won’t eat their nasty ass carcass. If all whales went away, we wouldn’t have this problem anymore 🙂
“It’s that time of year again—a dead whale has washed ashore, and officials aren’t sure what to do with the rotting carcass because there’s a possibility that it could explode.
The 15 tonne, severely bloated and slightly decayed animal graced the shores of Saintes-Marie-de-la-Mer, near Montpellier, France, earlier this month. Having closed off the beach to the public, French authorities are now trying to come up with a plan of action for the rotting whale.
At the moment, it’s unclear whether disposing of the animal by land or by sea would be best, but one idea that’s been thrown out there is to drag the carcass out to sea and then blow it up with dynamite. However, this is hindered by the fact that boats can’t get close enough to the whale due to the presence of sand banks, The Local reports. Another master plan is to chop it up into little bits and then dispose of the chunks elsewhere, but we all know what happens when we start jabbing things into dead whales:
Dead whales can explode because of a build-up of pressure that results from the accumulation of gases inside the body. These gases, which include methane and carbon dioxide, come from the putrefaction and fermentation of the animal’s tissues after death. Often, the pressure gets released through natural weak points such as the mouth or anus, but a bite from a hungry shark or the knife of a curious marine biologist would also do it.
It is possible to relieve the pressure in a controlled manner with gentle incisions, but this can go horribly wrong if they penetrate too far. One unlucky person learned this the hard way, and ended up being flung into the air with the animal’s exploding guts. However, the person was standing on top of it, which was probably not the most sensible thing to do. “
A blue whale visciously attacked a ship recently in San Diego
Close up of the horrifying monster that attacked the ship:
The monster supposedly was trying to feed on krill, but it’s obvious it was targeting the humans upon the ship. Fortunately, no one was hurt…. yet.
BE CAREFUL OUT THERE!