Thursday, July 31, 2008

Picture of the day: Whale fart

Discovery News-Scientists have photographed a giant gas bubble emanating from a whale, suggesting that flatulence is just as common for ocean mammals as it is for humans and many other terrestrial animals. The picture, released last week by scientists from the Australian Antarctic Division (AAD) in Tasmania, was taken by the captain of a U.S. research ship the Nathaniel B. Palmer, while on expedition between Marguerite Bay and Palmer Station, Antarctica. "The picture is of an Antarctic minke whale taken from the bow of a ship," said AAD principal research scientist Dr Nick Gales. "The white bits in the photo are pieces of ice-floe, the stream of pinky colour behind the whale is a faecal plume - a.k.a. "poo" - the large circle in the water is indeed the physical eruption of the whale's flatulence."

Well if you ever wondered what a whale fart looks like, I know I have (many times). Here you go. By the trail behind the whale, it appears this fart was a wet or juicy one. Usually resulting in some bonus material. For a whale this size it would probably require a case of Shitbegone.

No comments: