Thursday, October 14, 2010



A blurb in today’s Wall Street Journal reports…

“A humpback whale traveled over 6,000 miles from Brazil to Madagascar, a record for a migrating mammal.”

Leave aside what this news does to the argument of those who run places like Sea World that whales are perfectly happy being confined in a pool not much larger than a really good sized municipal or college swimming pool; that’s another issue.

Take another look at that blurb. Don’t humans routinely travel, and often move, more than 6,000 miles? How far is it from here to Australia? Or from, say, England to India or China? Aren’t humans mammals?

Perhaps the Journal, and others who have reported on this aquatic hobo’s exploits, ought to go back to the drawing board.

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