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Saturday, January 21, 2006

Oh, to be a Beached Whale

A norther bottled-nosed whale (Hyperoodon ampullatus) swims up the River Thames and grabs the attention of many a Londoner. If he (or she) needed cash for a blubberectomy I imagine this whale would have received it. Medics did indeed place a "river call" (see call, house) and tried to rescue the whale. Unfortunately it appeared to suffer a convulsion and died.

Many people find themselves in like-dire straits on a daily basis yet don't command the same attention this whale received. As a rule, the level of care seems to parallel the presence of television cameras. If you're ever really ill, do domething spectacular to get the cameras on you. Otherwise, get in line and pray hard.


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