Sea Monsters and Scientists

For the first time in at least a month, I just came across an environmental and scientific news story that includes not just the data gathered, but how the scientists gathered it, more or less, and a little bit on who they are and how they feel about it.

So refreshing. I’m grateful to D.K. McCutcheon, and a little envious too, for having written and updated his Whale Winds piece, which to me read like a classic, and comes to us via the hard-working Identity Theory.

Highly recommended. Just take a look at this.

I suddenly know where the odd sea-monster drawings in the museums come from. I see these creatures that I am just beginning to recognize as individuals—Mauveen and Knottyhead, Kleenex, Punctuation, and the high-spirited Admiral our tail-stirrer—and they’ve turned into incomprehensible beings simply by opening their mouths.

…"Now I know why their tails are so big!" Marilyn says softly, "They have to be incredibly powerful to push that mass of water forward, like dragging a bucket over the side when the boat is moving."

And here’s a recent picture of Admiral, the right whale matriarch of Maine waters. it’s dated last April 7th, and is the last known picture of her.


Published by Kit Stolz

I'm a freelance reporter and writer based in Ventura County.

2 thoughts on “Sea Monsters and Scientists

  1. Thanks for the positive comments on Whale Winds. I wish the editor hadn’t toasted the caption for Admiral (though otherwise did a fine job with the pics). It was exciting to find that picture of her, when we all thought she’d died from her entanglement wounds. Meant to end on a positive note (for a change). D.K. by the way, is female.


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