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I think my pet krill just wet himself.
You should have a warning on that link, ToSeek.
Wow. Just . . . wow.
"Now everyone was giving her that kind of look UFOlogists get when they suddenly say, 'Hey, if you shade your eyes you can see it is just a flock of geese after all.'"
"You can't erase icing."
"I can't believe it doesn't work! I found it on the internet, man!"
What brand of whale is that?
It certainly is a biggie!
Of course it depends a bit on the pixel size/resolution settings of your screen whether it is really "real size", but it's huge anyway! How did they take that pic, with a zillion megapixel underwater camera?
That would be my guess if they were to pick a whale, but I didn't recognize it as such. It looked more like a humback after a Total Makeover. But looking atthe wiki article, a blue whale it is indeed.
But how did they make the pic? The whale is so clean, the detail so high, but it doesn't apear to be CG, as the nose and tail are a bit out of focus(ok, cg can do that too...). Overall, it appears to be CG to me, not a real pic. But very well done in that case, I really don't get it how they can wrpa a texture so nicely over such a complex shape. If not a CG whale, at least it appears they cut it out of its original background .
According to the WDCS (Whale & Dolphin Consevation Society) who are hosting the pic it is indeed a blue whale, but that doesn't look right to me either. Blue whales are more streamlined & less bulky looking, this pic looks like a blue whale to me; http://www.wdcs.org/dan/publishing.n...256A030060083C.
Right whales & bowheads are even more stubby & bulbous than the pic shown there, but neither are the front flippers long enough for it to be a humpback.
A quick search leads me to suggest a Gray whale(about half the size of a blue); http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gray_Whale, however my poor old PII chip really doesn't seem to like that flash file, it locks up explorer after a few seconds which makes a comparism difficult!
Basically, think Google Maps, except the "map" is a whale.
It looks like a blue to me - maybe the head is a little bigger than most, but definitely not humpback...
Yeah, they made the neck a bit thick compared to the aft body. Blue whales as I know them look a bit more tubelike, in fact not the prettiest of whales. This one is made like Miss Blue Whale 2007 .
But anyway, anyone out on the CG/real photo thing yet? I say CG. I've never seen such a detailed blue whale pic anyway.
It's been said that you can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your friend's nose. But you can pick a whale's nose, in fact you can put your whole arm in.
That is Huge.
Slightly off topic, but I've been pondering; let's say I'm having a conversation with an individual of Japanese, Icelandic or Norwegian extraction who is in favour of whale hunting. He asks me what makes whales so special, more so than, say, a deer or a grouse, which people hunt without any twinges of conscience. What should I tell him?
Yeah.. whales are not like deers , or some cows who has a great number of population and is far from extinction.
If they continue the hunting, whales may well be erased in this planet.
Last edited by Whirlpool; 2007-Mar-22 at 01:16 PM. Reason: typos
....Which would decrease the ocean levels a bit, but I'd prefer to have whales.
ooo, what a big whale, just like a big air bus!! or we can say the whale is just like a big submarine. But I am sorry, I am unable to see in the "flash player",Toseek.
I wonder how many people have actually stopped to think about how critical the oceans are to the CO2 lifecycle on our planet? If there's not enough whale and fish fertilizer because we've overhunted both, then the plants don't thrive. If the plants don't thrive, there's a lot less intake of CO2 and release of oxygen.
In other words, ocean plant life fixes CO2 into the oceans just some life fixes nitrogen in the soil. If that process doesn't happen, the CO2 is re-released in the atmosphere, raising atmospheric CO2 levels.
Last edited by mugaliens; 2007-Mar-23 at 05:59 PM. Reason: Added CO2 fixing
Still it's a beautiful cgi graphic .
ToSeek, is there any particular reason you linked to the German page? I didn't notice until I put my mouse pointer over the "Close" and something came up in German. The english page is:
No big deal ... the roll over text says:
The page is from the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, in the United Kingdom.Think before you close this window.
This might be the
last life size whale
you will ever see.
The world's whales are threatened by a return to commercial whaling.
Click www.stopbloodywhaling.org to help stop this.
"In the nightgown of the sullen moon, How the windows lean into the room, In the nightgown of the sullen moon."
-They Might Be Giants
Does the eye of the largest whales measure the same as the height of the average human?
I'll not exclaim several sacriligious comments for the sake of the children. . .THAT is one large creature!