Category: Whaling

German Documentary on Whales attacking Whaleships

German speakers often seem to have a greater interest in the exact nature of animal behaviour, welfare, and their place in the ecosystem, than those in the English speaking world. As such, it comes as no surprise that one of the best

Why the Essex Sinking is NOT the Template for Moby Dick

Have you heard that the classic novel Moby Dick, is inspired by a true story? Have you also heard that story was the sinking of the Essex? If so, you got the first one right, and the mistake in the second is

The Magnificent Humpback Whale

I invite you to see my favourite whale. Cast your mind’s eye to join me whale-watching in Australia. We come upon a humpback. For me, it is my first. Under instruction from the tour operator we wave in unison to this wild animal. I’m ashamed to

The Importance of Baleen Whales to the Marine Ecosystem

Sperm whales massively increase ocean productivity. No other nonhuman animal has anything like their positive impact, but that doesn’t mean that others don’t have an important role. Of particular interest are their baleen cousins. Taken to the extreme edge of what our current data will

The Grind and the Morality of Whaling

Most people profess to love archaic tradition, and this is embedded in the idea of native rights. Most people entertain the idea that intelligent wild animals left to their own devices frolic joyfully in the wilderness, and that this is a wonderful place