Posts or Comments 14 October 2019

fauna &stuff Fi | 14 Jun 2007 11:16 am

as old as whales

Did you see the story in the news about a Bowhead whale that had died and it had a (circa 1880’s) 130 year-old bomb lance harpoon in its body?
It means that it was at least 150 years old when it died (whalers in the 19thC didn’t take young ones). The experts now think that these whales can live to over 200 – their slow metabolism is probably the reason. Wow! Imagine their experiences and maturity. How can humans consider slaughtering these exquisite and gentle creatures?

Stumble it!

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