Sun, Jan 21, 2007 - Page 9 News List

Our ongoing fascination with whales

From Moby Dick to the Thames bottlenose, whales have captured the human imagination like almost no other animal

By Stephen Moss  /  THE GUARDIAN , LONDON

The last word should go to Heathcote Williams, whose irritation at our stupidity is nicely tempered by irony: "History relates that whales have only eaten one human: Jonah, a prophet. Ingested briefly, in the fond hope perhaps of learning something of the humans' Forward Planner, and then disgorged."

If only we could be said to have anything as rational as a plan.

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