The Charles W. Morgan
is the world's last remaining wooden whaleship. Her unusually long career included 37 whaling voyages between 1841 and 1921. Over the past few years, she's received a full restoration
by the skilled shipwrights
at the Mystic Seaport Museum Shipyard
, and is in the final stages of outfitting for her 38th voyage
, an ambituous plan to make her seaworthy enough
to sail her one final time and visit her original homeport of New Bedford
, MA, along with many of the ports
she frequented in her working days
, before she returns to her permanent berth. Among the crew will be one stowaway
, a crew member chosen via a selective process including a video application
, who'll use video
and social media to tell the stories of the voyage, the crew, the accompanying scholars and artists, and what it's like to make amends with whales.
"The cinema was made for horror movies. No other kind of film offers that same mysterious anticipation as you head into a dark auditorium. No other makes such powerful use of sound and image. The cinema is where we come to share a collective dream and horror films are the most dreamlike of all, perhaps because they engage with our nightmares.
" And so Mark Gatiss
opens his three-part series, A History of Horror
. "One of the great virtues of this series is that it is thoroughly subjective. Gatiss does not feel any particular obligation to give us an A to Z of horror, but instead lingers lovingly over his own favourites,
" taking the viewer with him from the Golden Age of Hollywood horror through the American horror movies of the 1960s and 1970s. [more inside]
The hero responsible
for the exploding
has died. The video
is one of the first links I remember sending to people because of its awesomeness and still makes me laugh. Talk a little walk back through Internet history
Researchers think that the late beluga whale named NOC had been trying to speak with a human accent
– or at least talk to its keepers. Current Biology
has more (PDF link).
"A pod of orcas, or killer whales, cooperate to wash a Weddell seal off an ice floe. This sequence
, filmed for Frozen Planet, marks the first complete filming of killer whale "wave washing" behavior." [more inside]
A whale of a tale. On Sunday, a jet-ski activist of Paul Watson's Sea Shepard gang (Eco-Pirate: The Story of Paul Watson Documentary
) was water-cannoned into the Antartic
by a Japanese scouter boat during filming of Whale Wars
. The ICR
presents a different side to Paul Watson as evidenced by their regular press releases
. Greenpeace believes
Paul Watson is an extremist.
Off the coast of Hawaii comes the first scientific evidence of cooperative play
between a bottlenose dolphin and a humpback whale. In two separate incidents a dolphin rode on the head of a whale above the surface of the water. It is not, however, the only
footage of dolphins and whales playing around
and helping each other out
. [more inside]
It's halfway through the work week, so let's just chill out and watch this mariachi band serenade this happy beluga whale
Japan has suspended its whale hunt
after pressure from world governments and harassment by eco-vigilante group Sea Shepherd
Single Link Saturday Night Dance Party: The neon-dripped hallucinatory candy-pop world ofBrite Futures' - Sideways Pony Tail [more inside]
- the adventures of a whale stranded on a New Zealand beach [official site]
Paleontologists discover the skull of a massive predatory whale (Leviathan melvillei
) in Peru. Discovery News presents this finding with the best of all possible illustrations
...and there was just rope everywhere--it went around the whales mouth, around the whale's head, across her eye, over her back wrapped around the pectoral fins, all the way down to its tail. I thought there was no hope, there was no chance, we're looking at a dead whale, the whale just doesn't know it yet--but I knew that I had to try. ...It was a very surreal moment looking down and seeing the 20 crab traps and buoys just disappear into the abyss... And just like that, the whale was gone. ...I'm spinning around, where'd she go, where'd she go ? ...Now here's where the story takes a pretty startling turn. ...Next thing I know there's this fifty ton whale coming right at me...
From about 4:00 to 14:30 in nearly 23 minutes of the segment, Animal Blessings
here, all 20 megs of it. Or you can try the podcast at RadioLab: Animal Minds
. Either way, you are in for a most truly awesome anecdote. And listen to the whole program to have some back and forth science dropped on you in regards to what we think we know about what and how animals think. [more inside]
For the past 21 years, across the limitless expanse of the North Pacific, a lonely whale
has been singing, calling for a response. There has been none, and there never will. [more inside]
"One month ago Dartz presented uberluxury armored car with whale penis interior - PROMBRON... As the world’s resonance was very huge and Dartz got lot of angry e-mails from Greenpeace, WWF and also Pamela Anderson, Dartz make strong decision to stop their plans regarding such interior.
Stunning Underwater Photography
A website filled with incredible underwater photography. Particularly impressive shots of a sardine bait ball being attacked by dolphins, sharks, whales and birds.
A Beached Fin Whale Closes a Popular Beach
. . . .It had been foundering in the surf, and just beyond the surf, for several days.
They may bury it
or they may tow it out to sea to become a whale fall
. [more inside]
The Faroe (Fær Øer) pilot whales slaughter
(warning, crude pictures). The Faroe Islands (prev)
were nominated in year 2007 by National Geographic as one of the most appealing
tourism location in the world. The inhabitans have traditionally
hunted pilot whales
and other cetaceans for their own sustainment, but according also to their own national statistics
(PDF) , the whale hunting business is no longer a significant factor. Some ongoing online petition
is trying to put a final end to this practice.
The Jupiter Foundation
and the Whalesong Project
are both organizations which record humpback whale songs from floating buoys; some of their archived recordings can be found here
, and here
. (Warning, last two may resize your browser.) DOSITS
hosts a more comprehensive collection of oceanic sounds
, with seals and fish along with its whales and dolphins. It also has a couple of nice sections
on how animals use sounds in the ocean. (Previously
.) [more inside]
"Why the fuss? Well, Colin's a baby whale..."
Oh no. They named the doomed little thing ('little' meaning about the size of a large car). Mal Holland's report from the Daily Telegraph gives a very illuminating rundown of the nervous breakdown that "Sydney's booming whale watching industry" is experiencing right now... [more inside]
Mister Splashy Pants needs your vote.
Even though Mister Splashy Pants is enjoying a comfortable lead
, we must continue working to get the vote out.
Oh, also, whaling is bad and Greenpeace is good.
The Save Our Seas Foundation [small Flash]
, a Swiss-based non-profit, joins the growing ranks of a world-wide movement to undo the damage caused by popular reports
and gross misrepresentation by Hollywood
of sharks as human-savoring sea monsters/killing machines. The fact of the matter is that the opposite is true: Current estimates give between 65 million to 165 million sharks being killed worldwide annually via unregulated catch - including 38 million
to 70 million [PDF]
for their fin alone, with untold numbers of butchered and bleeding-to-death sharks being cast back into the oceans to die slow and gruesome deaths. [more inside]
A bowhead whale was recently killed off the coast of Alaska. When its hunters carved it up, they discovered someone else had attempted to kill it- more than a century earlier
Whale shot in front of tourists.
What would you do if you were a tourist, eco or not, and you saw a whale being harvested
right in front of you?
1. Make a remix featuring whale sounds.
2. Save a whale.
3. Get discovered for your remixing skills.
4. Profit! The Whale Remix Project
may not sound like the sort of thing that could make you money, but a 15kg lump of it found on a beach has made Australian Leon Wright and his wife more than a quarter of a million dollars overnight. Perviously discussed here
, ambergris is essentially the vomit of a sperm whale. It has a scent like nothing else on earth and is used in perfume or as an aphrodisiac
"I saw it blow..."
Whale spotted near Westminster Bridge
often termed "The Unicorn of the Sea," has a really odd tusk
. It's long, spiraled, and there's only one of 'em per animal. Its purpose has been disputed for ages, but at long last, it seems that the answer has been found
. And it's pretty damn cool
known as cockroaches of the sea
are now available in burgers from Japanese fast-food chain Lucky Pierrot
. This is somewhat controversial
of George Aden "Twok
" Ahgupuk: Denali
, blanket toss
, whale hunt
, and quite
. Don't miss the fourth-graders
It's a Giant Sperm!
Whale! The Chilean sea blob is revealed to be the carcass of a Moby Dick.