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Apr 02 2012

Mary’s Monday Metazoan: The color of awe is BLUE

Physicists might look up and recognize awesomeness in the skies, but biologists look down and see it swimming in our seas.

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(via The Scuttlefish and Whales of Dominica)

(Also on Sb)


And now I’ve been sent this:

Whoa. Anyone know the source?

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  1. 1
    Kevin, 友好火猫 (Friendly Fire Cat)

    The ocean is a weird place. We know so little about it, what kinds of creatures in it. It’s almost like an alien world!

  2. 2
    Anthony K

    My cat rolls over like that. That whale wants his belly rubbed and to lie on your keyboard.

  3. 3
    bbgunn

    Which just reinforces my own opinion that Ahab was the dick in that novel.

  4. 4
    Cosmic Teapot, not the Antichrist.

    My cat rolls over like that.

    But do they eat squid?

  5. 5
    Anthony K

    But do they eat squid?

    Who? Cats? Depends. If you put some in their bowl, then no. If you leave some on the countertop and leave the room for a moment, then hells yes they do.

  6. 6
    Anthony K

    And I mean to write “shklis belly”. I didn’t mean to get my patriarchy in your ocean.

  7. 7
    cervantes

    Are they not the sworn enemy of all things cephalopod? The PZ Meyers antichrist, as it were?

  8. 8
    Glen Davidson

    All the while the whale is thinking, “Do I dare eat that?”

    Glen Davidson

  9. 9
    Louis

    That top sperm whale is saying “Holy shit! Humans! Look, Barry! Look! Humans!”

    Louis

  10. 10
    timmyson

    Are they not the sworn enemy of all things cephalopod? The PZ Meyers antichrist, as it were?
    Precisely my thought. This could represent a sea change on this blog!

  11. 11
    Worldtraveller

    Sperm whales have always been my favorite cetacean. Great pics and video.

  12. 12
    Didaktylos

    Are they not the sworn enemy of all things cephalopod? The PZ Meyers antichrist, as it were?

    It’s all right – they only catch the dumb ones

  13. 13
    cervantes

    I believe that new photo was taken by Ishmael.

  14. 14
    A. R

    The only protection you measly humans have from giant squid world domination!

  15. 15
    Sili

    I can’t decide if the last one is grumpy or making the “not sure if” face.

  16. 16
    MetzO'Magic

    Hmm. Looks like a PhotoShop effort to me. Probably wrong on that assumption, but with no attribution…

  17. 17
    Dan J

    An article from news.com.au in 2010 credits the bottom photo to “Austral International.”

    Sperm whale poo helps planet

  18. 18
    MG Myers

    Some fun facts from Wikipedia:

    “The sperm whale is the largest toothed whale, with adult males measuring up to 20.5 metres (67 ft) long and weighing up to 57,000 kilograms (56 long tons; 63 short tons). By contrast, the second largest toothed whale, Baird’s Beaked Whale measures 12.8 metres (42 ft) and weighs up to 15 short tons (14,000 kg).”

  19. 19
    WMDKitty -- Survivor

    Am I the only one here feeling the urge to boop those snouts?

  20. 20
    Lonely Panda, e.s.l.

    Credit for the bottom pictures is Dr Peter G Allinson.
    It’s the last in a set of 11 pictures here

  21. 21
    pentatomid

    Are they not the sworn enemy of all things cephalopod? The PZ Meyers antichrist, as it were?

    Ahum… Myers.

  22. 22
    ambulocetacean

    Pffft! When I see a sperm whale walking I’ll be impressed.

  23. 23
    pacal

    bbgunn No. 3 says:

    Which just reinforces my own opinion that Ahab was the dick in that novel.

    Actually if you look at it from the point of view of the whale, yeah Ahab is a major dick. After all their are all these people trying to kill it and the whale is just trying to stay alive. So Melville’s turning the whale into some sort of cosmic symbol of nature / evil just doesn’t work if you think about it.

    Margaret Atwood once said after being asked why there was no Canadian Moby Dick said that if there was a Canadian Moby Dick it would be from the point of view of the whale.

  24. 24
    sundiver

    Jesus Iced Haploid Christ, what a privilege to have one of the largest animals to ever live on earth allow these guys to hang out with them. Gotta wonder just what they think of us. Then again, I’ve wondered about the thought processes of an animal that has to think about breathing. Putting myself in the diver’s swimfins I’d be a bit concerned one of ‘em might decide to have a quick snack on the surface, just for a little variety.

  25. 25
    ralfmuschall

    Famous last words: “Noooo, these are rubber fins, not tentacles!”

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