As the sun sets on another week, we’d like to share some nicely timed humpback whale photos off the coast of Monterey Bay, California. This article about Katie Dunbar’s photos shows four very colorful pictures. The first photo is the most impressive.
Enjoy the weekend.
Every school group that comes in for a science program has heard, and will continue to hear, me correct one of the flaws in the animated film Finding Nemo. To summarize, two of the fish characters, Dory and Marlin, escaped from the mouth of a blue whale by going down the whale’s throat and out through the blowholes. This is a physical impossibility. I actually yelled at the TV screen when I saw this. I knew that I would have to talk about this scene with each and every student who came in for a program.
This scientific inaccuracy, along with a few others in the film, has struck a chord with a writer who is a half a world away, in India. This article in Gizmodo gives the same explanation that our young visitors hear. Facts are facts, you can only spin them so many ways. It’s a fun read and corrects the original problem, and the anticipated follow up question (‘What comes out of the blowholes if it isn’t water?). The bulleted facts at the bottom of the article are interesting and educational.