From the outside looking in
I’m sure you’ve heard it said when Actors have to co-star with children they find it hard to compete with the kids. Though I’m not an actor, I have found that the minute I walk into the museum with them and they see this whale, I immediately am upstaged by his presence.
So I have found it best that when giving them a tour I get the whale out-of-the-way by filling their little heads with some fun facts about this large leviathan.
From: “The Book of Whales” I gleaned these morsels that they seem to enjoy:
- Sperm Whale
- The Maximum length is 60 feet. “That is just 6 inches shy of the distance from the pitcher’s mound to the home plate in a baseball game.”
- Sperm Whales can talk to each other by clicking. This way they can locate other whales that they can’t see.
- Their sounds can be heard for miles by humans and further by other whales. They have a good sense of hearing.
- It is thought that the sound might be because of unique structure of the head spermaceti organ in the nasal passage air sacs.
- The time between clicks, is thought, could measure the length of the whale.
- The whales in the antarctic form herds around the full moon. (can you imagine getting a photo of that?)
- Sperm Whales are the only ones with a gullet large enough to swallow a person. (I have to judge on this one whether or not to ask if they have heard of Jonah and the whale. It’s not always easy in these days to know if you are going to offend anyone by mentioning the bible.)
- Moby Dick was an albino sperm whale.
- The Sperm Whale can eat 5 to 20% of its body weight in one day.
- Body weight can be around 70-90 thousand pounds. Can you imagine that there is that much marine life in the ocean to be eaten and still not deplete our seas?
Imagine yourself in the ocean with this eye watching your every move.
When finishing up on the tale of the whale I will add this story about the rescue of a whale and what was perceived to be a very heartwarming thank you. I want to put a little spark into the hearts of these children so that maybe they will have a caring attitude to such creatures as they grow older. I believe that it will warm your hearts too if you can take the time to read about it.
This link will take you to a video of an actual rescue of a whale in distress. This too will give you a warm and fuzzy feeling. Humpback-whale-says-thanks-after-being-freed-from-nets.