The whales are fighting back

A Japanese fisherman has been killed by a Whale at Uwajima Bay in Japan. Said fisherman was, apparently, 'rescuing' the whale.


I 'rescued' a really nice sandwich just a little while ago. It was tasty.

Let's face it, if I were a whale, and I saw a Japanese guy in a boat heading towards me, my fight-or-flight instincts would kick in, big time. Here's what I imagine went through the whale's mind, slight nod to Douglas Adams.

"Ooh, nice bay. hmm. think I'll have a look round".
"Wait up, I'm a little lost now. how do I get out of here?"
"Ooh, I'm a bit lost and worried now, stay calm, try and take things easy"
"agh! Scientific research rescuer! run away. Aaaaagh!"
"Oh no, he's got round in front of me. my exit is blocked!"
"Help! Help! I'd better thrash around a bit until he goes away"
"Oops. He's fallen in the water. Oh well."

So here's some advice. If you're going anywhere near the ocean, try not to look too Japanese.

(yes, I know, highly politically incorrect, painting an entire nation with the whale-killer brush. tough. When they stop being hypocrites, I'll stop taking the piss)

postscript: I'd just posted this when I found this appalling video linked from Pharyngula. Fuck the japanese 'fishing' industry. Really.

Unexpected links: Breast Cancer; House Mice

ScienceBlogs can be utterly fascinating for a random surf. Today, for instance, I hit the front page and found this article: Breast Cancer Associated with Common House Mouse. The title is attention grabbing for one thing, but once inside there's a fascinating, well written and easy to digest summary of current research into the link between a human virus - HMTV - linked with breast cancer and the corresponding 'mouse version' of the virus, MMTV, which is known to cross species barriers, and some stats on relative distribution of human breast cancer incidence against common house mouse ranges.

Science, when fascinating and well presented, is difficult to top. Lose yourself for a few minutes, please.

Ants making a stand for rationality

Following in the footsteps of my previous post of revelling in the misfortune of others, this story on Buddhist Monks Plagued By Ants made my laugh out loud this morning.

Read it first, it really is quite funny. Here are some highlights:

The Venerable Boon Keng practises what he calls "letting go" meditation - so he "lets go" of the pain. But out of consideration for worshippers less far along the path to enlightenment the monks are looking for ways to persuade the ants to go.

Sure. It's for the poor unenlightened. Riiiight.

They cannot encourage anyone to harm the ants, but the chief monk says that if someone turns up unbidden and deals with them without the monks' involvement then that is the will of the universe.

"Oh please don't hurt them while I'm looking over this way, Mr Exterminator. Oh, and please don't take the $200 we've left carelessly out on the dresser, conveniently matching your fee. Oh well, it was clearly the will of the universe."


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