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Hoses of the Holy in the Parallel Universe

January 23, 2006

The whale

This subject has slipped under our sonar so far. Now it's done and dusted here are a few related facts.

The northern bottlenose whale is one of several species once known as right whales. Not because of some sort of lack of symmetry, but because they were the right sort of whales to kill. It was heavily persecuted from the 1850s right through to 1973.

The whale is unusual in that it is less afraid of man than most other types (hence the previous fact).

It's normally found in deep water where it can dive for up to 70 minutes without needing to surface for air.

The reason why it can't cope with shallow water is that it uses sonar to see its environment. When the water is too shallow it is unable to focus, a bit like when a child says, "dad, look at this..." and then places the object two inches in front of your eyes.

This has been a public information service.


  • One of Terry Wogan's listeners wrote in to ask a question. He said he'd heard that it was the first whale to be seen in the Thames since 1913, when records began. And he wondered what the person whose job function is to count whales in the Thames has been doing in the meantime.

    Made me laugh.

    By Blogger bot37363838, at 2:45 am  

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