Saturday, November 17, 2012

Moby Dicks

"Swimming almost simultaneously with a mighty volition of ungraduated instantaneous swiftness the White Whale darted through the weltering sea."~Herman Melville, Moby Dick, 1851

A few days ago, a white humpback whale dubbed "Willow" and believed to have leucism was spotted off the coast of Spitsbergen, Norway, swimming in a pod of regular gray-pigmented whales. Although the condition is said to be quite rare, another humpback with white pigmentation nicknamed "Migaloo" was seen most recently in September off the eastern coast of Australia. In February 2008, NOAA spotted (but did not name) a mostly white killer whale (image above) swimming with a pod about 2mi off the coast of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands. All 3 accounts reference Herman Melville's legendary white whale, although it was a sperm whale. Coincidentally, a reading of Moby Dick began in New York on Friday.

Albino animals: Raccoon, Squirrel, Hummingbird, Dolphin, Seal, Seal.
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