A great white shark is filmed tearing into the carcass of a humpback whale.
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I’m sure you’ve seen this before but it’s a really cool reference for how freaking big whales are. Obviously the whole “almost eating diver” thing is bs but it’s still a pretty cool video.
That’s a great size comparison. I can’t confidently tell what species these whales are, but uh… that’s why you don’t get in the water with whales. They’re eating the school of small fish, and the surface gape-and-swallow is a totally normal feeding strategy. That’s not something you want to be in the water with. They’d likely avoid ‘eating’ you because they’re filter feeders and you’d get stuck and be uncomfortable, but they’re still huge and covered in barnacles and able to stun you with a bump, and their mouths closing like that create quite a vortext of water that could knock a diver around.
(I’m not immediately inclined to condemn this video because something about their setup makes me think this might be a research team, although I can’t say quite what. However, it’s still a really risky thing to be doing even if there’s a legitimate reason).
When everything looks delicious 🐋🤤 | Repost @stevedeneef |Another angle of a Sei Whale feeding at Cashes Ledge in the Gulf of Maine. Seeing these whales feed from above was nothing short of spectacular. Cashes Ledge and the Gulf of Maine is home to many species of ceteceans and in urgent need of more protection. Video shot during the making of the @natgeo Sea of Hope documentary with @brianskerry #whale #Maine #USA #ocean #oceanconservation #sea #eat #drone #wildlife #science #wildlifephotography #conservation #wildlifeconservation #underwater #endextinction #Seiwhale #KeyConservation
i will defend mary to my last breath and if u dont like her just bc she gets in the way of your romance with reverend powell dad (who btw CHEATS ON HER WITH U) pls put ur location on bc im ready for our hell in the cell match
On a more negative note, the one criticism the feels necessary to
highlight is the writing. The writing is arguably the weakest element of
Gorillaz and it’s already been apparent in the bios that just came out and the switch in writers.
Throughout the series they’ve straddled the line between comedy (G-Bitez, Cribs, Murdoc tangents) and
dealing with serious topics for example, the entire plot of Plastic
Beach. Sometimes they pull it off, and other times it can be confusing for fans to distinguish between what is meant to be taken seriously and what’s meant to be laughed off. This phase they seem to be continuing this with Murdoc drinking
more and 2D having Stockholm Syndrome, yet also keeping up the humorous
side with 2D making friendship bracelets, eating a whale named “Massive
Dick” etc. Usually this isn’t too big of a deal because the music is at
the forefront. However, if they’re going to follow through with a full-length
TV show I strongly believe it would be best for them to make a final decision about
the direction they want to take and stick with it.
Additionally, if they choose the
humorous route, they really ought to tie up the loose ends in 2D and
Murdoc’s relationship. While I love the idea of a slice-of-life type
series where they live as roommates getting into different shenanigans
(or w/e they come up with) it’s going to be hard for me to fully enjoy
it if they don’t address the 2D and Murdoc history on some level. Plastic Beach felt very climatic in that it portrayed a 2D that was
angry enough to retaliate against Murdoc and openly express a growing
dislike and disillusionment with him, and a Murdoc in the midst of a
breakdown and having the the good and bad side of him represented in the form of spirits that were haunting him. Plastic Beach seemed to be setting up for some sort of change, whether it meant to or not. The fact that their relationship in phase 4 seem to have been reset, the events of the phase leaving virtually no impact is
glaring enough. To completely skim over the aftermath, to explain it
away with “gap years” and leaving fans to assume everything happened
off-screen and that “it’s all okay now” would do (and is doing) a significant
disservice to both of them. TBH I always thought they wrote themselves
into a corner with Phase 3 by stumbling into themes that maybe they did
not prefer to fully portray or dwell on, but I hope with this show (if
it happens) they can build off of past story arcs and give the
characters, particularly 2D and Murdoc, a chance to finally grow.
I think that the great shells are organic fabrials, created by Odium in the desolation arms race with Honor.
We know that the larger great shells have a gem heart, where a gemstone is connected to the biology of the creature in some fashion. This gemstone is likely there so that the creature can subsist off of storm light in some way or another. This is supported by the scientific fact that a creature like the reshi isles would need a huge amount of biomass to support it. A blue whale eats almost 4 tons of krill a day (1.5 million food calories) to stay alive, and needs to constantly be filtering food out of the water. However, the biology of these creatures doesn’t suggest filter feeding or any other such mass food ingestion mechanism required to keep a several million ton organism alive. The head of the creature is very far above the water, meaning that the food source for that organism would also need to be that far above the water, but there are none. Therefore, the creatures must subsist on storm light.
Also, we know that the creatures have a bond with a spren. This is seen by Shallan with the chasm fiend and the Santhid, and with the spren saving Rysn on the Reshi isle. This spren likely resides within the gem heart, because we know that spren are able to be trapped in gemstones. WOB say that the great shells are able to grow to the size that they do because of this bond, so the bond must help the great shell in some way that we do not understand.
The subsistence on storm light, the bond with the spren, and the gem heart itself are all odd biologically, because they all could not come about via evolution. For the subsistence and the bond to occur, the great shell would need to begin growing a gem heart first. there would have to be some DNA change that created it. However, this couldn’t really happen because the gemstones aren’t like bone or chiton in that they are generally not organic (carbon based) in nature. Also, the gem hearts can be different gemstones, which are different in chemical composition. An emerald is a beryllium aluminum silicate, while a ruby is an aluminum chromium oxide, and amethyst is a silicone oxide. These different gemstones all have different crystal structures, and couldn’t be laid down by the same biological processes, if they could be made by biological processes at all.
All of this points to an intelligent design of the great shells that isn’t evolution-based. The interesting thing is that fabrials work off of a similar principle of storm light subsistence and spren bonds. The fabrials have a spren in the gemstone to create a desired effect, and the storm light powers the construct so that the effect happens. This is the same basic idea of how great shells live and get as large as they do.
The reason I think they exist as creations of odium are also related to the gem hearts. Odium has already shown that he likes to be able to take over the consciousness of his soldiers with spren. This can be seen with the void forms of the parshendi, where the songs said they had no choice in what form they could take. It has also been shown that the void spren can inhabit gemstones. This means that the gem hearts of the great shells are there for a void spren to inhabit and turn it into a weapon against the forces of honor. The gem heart exists as a kind of cockpit for the void spren to enter and control the beast.
The great shells also make sense as weapons when one considers the overall arms race that went on between Honor and Odium. First there were the parshendi and the humans fighting each other. Odium created thunderclasts, creations of stone inhabited by spren, to combat the steel and bronze weapons of the humans. To combat these thunderclasts, Honor creates the Nahel bond and shard blades, which can easily counter the stone form of the thunderclasts. Since his advantage was negated, Odium created the great shells, which were basically thunderclasts made flesh. This made them far more difficult to fight with a shard blade, because you couldn’t outright kill the thing by cutting it into pieces. We saw in TWoK that three shard bearers fighting together had a hard time taking down a chasm fiend, because its mass made it difficult to sever the soul from the body.
I’m not sure this theory is super important in the long run, but it is interesting and may help with understanding the evolution of the desolations.
You drop your purse. An eyeball falls out. Then two, then nine. You hastily try to shove the eyeballs back but they are rolling away from you. They spill out of your bag; too many eyeballs to retrieve.
At some point in time your friends will eventually pull off their disguises. They are Dwayne Powers. All of them are Dwayne Powers.
Walking long distances makes you black out. You arrive at your destination with an empty stretch in your memory. How did you get there? What happened along the way? You never remember the answers.
You have a boyfriend but you’ve never seen or touched him. “He’s real. I’m sure he’s real,” you whisper to yourself. But the doubts never dissipate.
Sometimes you touch an innocuous-seeming object and you hear the distant sound of a chicken clucking. Your pockets are now filled with eggs.
You have impossibly tangible memories from the 1930s. A familiar voice echoes through your mind as you drift off to sleep. “Drop a nickel into the slot, please.” You dream in black and white.
Every morning you pick flowers until the fateful day when the bees attack.
“Please come to Massachusetts,” your friend pleads. You agree and book a flight. But the day never comes. “Soon,” you promise. “I’ll be there soon.”
Months go by. Then a year. You still haven’t been to Massachusetts.
You eat a bowl of clam chowder. You spin a wheel and the prize is a whale watching tour. You eat more clam chowder and try to remember a time when you could smell something other than fish. After your third bowl of clam chowder, you spin the wheel again but it always lands on the whale watching tour. The fog rolls in. You order another bowl of clam chowder.
Orcas!!! Video captured in Monterey Bay courtesy of Wildlife and Adventure Photographer and Videographer, Slater Moore @slatermoorephotography - Love watching the Orcas swim as a pod!! 🌊🌊🌊 Killer whales, or Orcas (Orcinus orca) are cetaceans. They are the largest dolphins in the world, called ‘whales’ because of their size. Orcas have mostly black skin with white patches.They are found in all the world’s oceans, from the cold of the Arctic to the tropical seas. They are easy to identify because of their distinctive white and black colouring.
Like all toothed whales, they are carnivores. They hunt in family groups called 'pods’. Members of the pod work together to surround their prey. Killer whales eat many different kinds of prey, such as sharks, seals, dolphins, penguins. There are several different types of Orca, each of which has different living and prey habits. They do not interbreed and seems to be subspecies or even separate species. Their behaviour and hunting techniques also differ.
Killer whales are the largest living members of the dolphin family. Males typically range from 6 to 8 metres long and weigh in excess of 6 tonnes. Females are smaller, generally ranging from 5 to 7m and weighing about 3 to 4 t. The largest male killer whale on record was 9.8 metres, weighing over 10 tonnes, while the largest female was 8.5m, weighing 7.5 t. Calves at birth weigh about 180 kilograms (400 lb) and are about 2.4 metres (7.9 ft) long. The killer whale’s large size and strength make it among the fastest marine mammals, able to reach speeds in excess of 30 knots (56 km/hr)
1. Eating Humpback whale mucus. We were on a small boat in the Pacific ocean, downwind from a mother humpback whale (nursing her week-old calf) and she exhaled, and it landed on my cheesies. I made the conscious decision to eat it. (Off the coast of Costa Rica, Aug 2011)
2. Riding 7km across the icy bay in a Qamatiq, crammed in with 5 other people, and having the cool icy water splashed in my face (Nunavut, June 2014).
3. Zip lining across a 10,000 ft gorge from Italy to France, with my skis strapped to my back (Les Trois Vallee, Feb 2014).
4. TATINOF and meeting Dan and Phil (Atlanta, April 2016).
5. The Saturday night of the 15 year celebration of Harry Potter in Harry Potter Orlando - my sister, her partner at the time, and I had special VIP passes, which included a private party with an attendance of 1000 people, with food and drinks included, and the entire park opened only to us. We rode the two rollercoasters there, with only us three on the ride. The weather was perfect - 25 celcius and the clear sky lit with stars. It really was a magical evening (January 2011).