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#1    jesspy

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Posted 13 June 2007 - 10:49 AM

Century-old weapon fragment found in whale


A 45-tonne bowhead whale caught off the Alaskan coast last month had a weapon fragment embedded in its neck that showed it survived a similar hunt - more than a century ago.

Embedded deep under its blubber was a 13-centimetre arrow-shaped projectile that has given researchers insight into the whale's age, estimated between 115 and 130 years old.

"No other finding has been this precise," said John Bockstoce, an adjunct curator of the New Bedford Whaling Museum in Massachusetts.

Calculating a whale's age can be difficult, and is usually gauged by amino acids in the eye lenses. It is rare to find one that has lived more than a century, but experts say the oldest were close to 200 years old.

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Posted 13 June 2007 - 01:42 PM

sad.gif  Am I the only one to find this utterly tragic?

A magnificent creature that has graced our oceans for over a hundred hears, has needed decades to reach such a majestic size, butchered & destroyed by man within hours. (unfortunately it takes some time to kill a whale; it's a slow, painful death...)

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Posted 13 June 2007 - 01:49 PM

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sad.gif  Am I the only one to find this utterly tragic?

A magnificent creature that has graced our oceans for over a hundred hears, has needed decades to reach such a majestic size, butchered & destroyed by man within hours. (unfortunately it takes some time to kill a whale; it's a slow, painful death...)


Yup!

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Posted 13 June 2007 - 01:56 PM

The whaling industry as whole is truely disgusting. Why there is not an all out ban by every nation on this planet boogels my mind. Truely shows man's disregard for this planet and the life it harbours.

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Posted 13 June 2007 - 02:08 PM

I amazed and saddened by this so much. I had no idea whales could live so long. I knew turtles and alligators could live to be incredibly old, but I've never even heard it mentioned that whales could have such a long life span. We'll never know how much longer it could gone?  no.gif

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Posted 14 June 2007 - 08:12 PM

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sad.gif  Am I the only one to find this utterly tragic?

A magnificent creature that has graced our oceans for over a hundred hears, has needed decades to reach such a majestic size, butchered & destroyed by man within hours. (unfortunately it takes some time to kill a whale; it's a slow, painful death...)



You are not the only one.

To be attacted and survive for a century afterwards.. only to be slaughtered...  *shakes her head*

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Posted 15 June 2007 - 08:55 AM

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I amazed and saddened by this so much. I had no idea whales could live so long. I knew turtles and alligators could live to be incredibly old, but I've never even heard it mentioned that whales could have such a long life span. We'll never know how much longer it could gone?  no.gif


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Posted 15 June 2007 - 09:00 AM

whaling is indeed very sad and i just dont hope that they dont kill off one of the most rarest whales migaloo a all white one.

take a look

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Posted 15 June 2007 - 09:03 AM

migaloo is the worlds only albino humpback whale

and its my favourite sea animal if not creature;

take a look at http://www.smh.com.au/news/Environment/Sto...3854200051.html

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Posted 15 June 2007 - 09:04 AM

migaloo.jpg

sorry ive never uploaded a picture before.

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Posted 15 June 2007 - 12:33 PM

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Yup!

Scientist and hunters "Wow! This whale is amazing. It's been alive for so long and is so interesting - kill it!"



I dont think they knew it was old as in i dont think they knew the harpoon was there. Nevertheless it is a tragedy poor whale.

Save the whales harpoon politicians i say

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Posted 15 June 2007 - 11:31 PM

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Save the whales harpoon politicians i say

thats funny ive got a friend that always say's;

save tree eat beaver.

and i think by the time every country does stop whaling(hopoefully soon) it will be to late and there wont be enough left.

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Posted 16 June 2007 - 09:08 PM

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sad.gif  Am I the only one to find this utterly tragic?

A magnificent creature that has graced our oceans for over a hundred hears, has needed decades to reach such a majestic size, butchered & destroyed by man within hours. (unfortunately it takes some time to kill a whale; it's a slow, painful death...)



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Posted 17 June 2007 - 12:57 PM

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The whaling industry as whole is truely disgusting. Why there is not an all out ban by every nation on this planet boogels my mind. Truely shows man's disregard for this planet and the life it harbours.

exactly, why would they allow this to contuine . our oceans arent alive as they once was with whales, fish etc..man is self-centered only lives for today not tomorrow or the day after..when its gone its gone.

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Posted 17 June 2007 - 01:13 PM

could we eat the freaking money?! what if money is the only thing we have.? can we eat it? no right!! money is useless! but the world's status is now where it could never survive without money. how can we remove money and get back to the time when trading one thing for another thing is ok?





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