Sea creature of the week: The White Whale

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 June 26, 2007 – 5:00PM

Record numbers of humpback whales are on their annual migration up Australia’s east coast, including the rare white whale Migaloo, scientists say.

Migaloo, whose Aboriginal name means “white fella”, is believed to be the only completely white humpback whale in the world.

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“Captain Ahab,” said Tashtego, “that white whale must be the same that some call Moby Dick.”

“Moby Dick?” shouted Ahab. “Do ye know the white whale then, Tash?”

“Does he fan-tail a little curious, sir, before he goes down?” said the Gay-Header deliberately.

“And has he a curious spout, too,” said Daggoo, “very bushy, even for a parmacetty, and mighty quick, Captain Ahab?”

“And he have one, two, three- oh! good many iron in him hide, too, Captain,” cried Queequeg disjointedly, “all twiske-tee be-twisk, like him- him-” faltering hard for a word, and screwing his hand round and round as though uncorking a bottle- “like him- him-”

“Corkscrew!” cried Ahab, “aye, Queequeg, the harpoons lie all twisted and wrenched in him; aye, Daggoo, his spout is a big one, like a whole shock of wheat, and white as a pile of our Nantucket wool after the great annual sheep-shearing; aye, Tashtego, and he fan-tails like a split jib in a squall. Death and devils! men, it is Moby Dick ye have seen- Moby Dick- Moby Dick!

 from Moby Dick, Chapter 36, by Herman Melville

Must.  Kill.  Whale. 

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