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ToSeek
2007-Mar-20, 02:19 AM
This big. (http://www.wdcs.co.uk/media/flash/whalebanner/content_de.html)

(Flash player required.)

foreignkid
2007-Mar-20, 02:28 AM
Wow. Scary.

Matherly
2007-Mar-20, 04:15 AM
I think my pet krill just wet himself.

You should have a warning on that link, ToSeek.

foreignkid
2007-Mar-20, 04:46 AM
I think my pet krill just wet himself.

How could you tell? Isn't he wet already? :p

Gillianren
2007-Mar-20, 05:40 AM
Wow. Just . . . wow.

Nicolas
2007-Mar-20, 10:59 AM
What brand of whale is that? :)

It certainly is a biggie!

Of course it depends a bit on the pixel size/resolution settings of your screen whether it is really "real size", but it's huge anyway! How did they take that pic, with a zillion megapixel underwater camera?

Moose
2007-Mar-20, 12:50 PM
Nicolas, you're looking at the majestic blue whale (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blue_Whale). :)

Nicolas
2007-Mar-20, 01:05 PM
That would be my guess if they were to pick a whale, but I didn't recognize it as such. It looked more like a humback after a Total Makeover. But looking atthe wiki article, a blue whale it is indeed.

But how did they make the pic? The whale is so clean, the detail so high, but it doesn't apear to be CG, as the nose and tail are a bit out of focus(ok, cg can do that too...). Overall, it appears to be CG to me, not a real pic. But very well done in that case, I really don't get it how they can wrpa a texture so nicely over such a complex shape. If not a CG whale, at least it appears they cut it out of its original background :).

ciderman
2007-Mar-20, 05:44 PM
According to the WDCS (Whale & Dolphin Consevation Society) who are hosting the pic it is indeed a blue whale, but that doesn't look right to me either. Blue whales are more streamlined & less bulky looking, this pic looks like a blue whale to me; http://www.wdcs.org/dan/publishing.nsf/allweb/1226C6FCEE998C7280256A030060083C.
Right whales & bowheads are even more stubby & bulbous than the pic shown there, but neither are the front flippers long enough for it to be a humpback.
A quick search leads me to suggest a Gray whale(about half the size of a blue); http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gray_Whale, however my poor old PII chip really doesn't seem to like that flash file, it locks up explorer after a few seconds which makes a comparism difficult!

farmerjumperdon
2007-Mar-20, 08:21 PM
How could you tell? Isn't he wet already? :p

Particle krill, particle krill,
Does everything that a particle can.
When he goes swimming does he get wet,
Or does the water get him instead?

sarongsong
2007-Mar-20, 08:30 PM
...my poor old PII chip really doesn't seem to like that flash file, it locks up explorer after a few seconds which makes a comparism difficult!Same here; can only see a few seconds worth before lock-up. (PII350, Win98, Opera and Firefox.) http://bautforum.com/images/icons/icon9.gif
Can anyone describe what happens after the initial eye close-up?

Moose
2007-Mar-20, 09:22 PM
Basically, think Google Maps, except the "map" is a whale.

cjl
2007-Mar-21, 03:31 AM
It looks like a blue to me - maybe the head is a little bigger than most, but definitely not humpback...

Nicolas
2007-Mar-21, 11:59 AM
Yeah, they made the neck a bit thick compared to the aft body. Blue whales as I know them look a bit more tubelike, in fact not the prettiest of whales. This one is made like Miss Blue Whale 2007 :).

But anyway, anyone out on the CG/real photo thing yet? I say CG. I've never seen such a detailed blue whale pic anyway.

MAPNUT
2007-Mar-21, 12:50 PM
It's been said that you can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your friend's nose. But you can pick a whale's nose, in fact you can put your whole arm in.

Moose
2007-Mar-21, 12:55 PM
It's been said that you can pick your friends, and you can pick your nose, but you can't pick your friend's nose.

Not related to the OP, but this was the very first lesson I had the honor of teaching my goddaughter. First time I picked her up, she tried to get her entire wrist up my left nostril. Almost succeeded, too, the little munchkin. :D

VPCCD
2007-Mar-22, 03:01 AM
WOW......Thats......Well......WOW :eek:

Whirlpool
2007-Mar-22, 12:21 PM
Wow.

That is Huge.

parallaxicality
2007-Mar-22, 01:02 PM
Slightly off topic, but I've been pondering; let's say I'm having a conversation with an individual of Japanese, Icelandic or Norwegian extraction who is in favour of whale hunting. He asks me what makes whales so special, more so than, say, a deer or a grouse, which people hunt without any twinges of conscience. What should I tell him?

Moose
2007-Mar-22, 01:10 PM
Slightly off topic, but I've been pondering; let's say I'm having a conversation with an individual of Japanese, Icelandic or Norwegian extraction who is in favour of whale hunting. He asks me what makes whales so special, more so than, say, a deer or a grouse, which people hunt without any twinges of conscience. What should I tell him?

Deer and grouse have never been hunted to the very brink of extinction. Many species of whale have.

Whirlpool
2007-Mar-22, 01:16 PM
Yeah.. whales are not like deers , or some cows who has a great number of population and is far from extinction.

If they continue the hunting, whales may well be erased in this planet.

Nicolas
2007-Mar-22, 01:21 PM
....Which would decrease the ocean levels a bit, but I'd prefer to have whales.

tofu
2007-Mar-22, 02:32 PM
what makes whales so special, more so than, say, a deer or a grouse

well for one thing, whales are *far* more intelligent. They just happen to have lost the evolutonary lottery that gave us opposable thumbs.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cS2uu4ki2w

DyerWolf
2007-Mar-22, 03:01 PM
Particle krill, particle krill,
Does everything that a particle can.
When he goes swimming does he get wet,
Or does the water get him instead?

They might be giants, or
They might be giants, orrr...

weatherc
2007-Mar-22, 03:06 PM
They might be giants, or
They might be giants, orrr...And what are we going to do unless they are?

<Likes TMBG. Sorry about the threadjack>

suntrack2
2007-Mar-23, 03:52 PM
ooo, what a big whale, just like a big air bus!! :) or we can say the whale is just like a big submarine. But I am sorry, I am unable to see in the "flash player",Toseek.

mugaliens
2007-Mar-23, 05:54 PM
....Which would decrease the ocean levels a bit, but I'd prefer to have whales.

So would the oceans, as the fact that they and other marine species have been hunted to but small fractions of their original numbers have signficantly upset, along with manmade pollution, the balance of life throughout the oceans.

I wonder how many people have actually stopped to think about how critical the oceans are to the CO2 lifecycle on our planet? If there's not enough whale and fish fertilizer because we've overhunted both, then the plants don't thrive. If the plants don't thrive, there's a lot less intake of CO2 and release of oxygen.

In other words, ocean plant life fixes CO2 into the oceans just some life fixes nitrogen in the soil. If that process doesn't happen, the CO2 is re-released in the atmosphere, raising atmospheric CO2 levels.

Hmmm...

Nicolas
2007-Mar-23, 09:29 PM
Still it's a beautiful cgi graphic :).

CJSF
2007-Mar-24, 05:02 AM
ToSeek, is there any particular reason you linked to the German page? I didn't notice until I put my mouse pointer over the "Close" and something came up in German. The english page is:

http://www.wdcs.co.uk/media/flash/whalebanner/content_en.html

No big deal ... the roll over text says:


Think before you close this window.
This might be the
last life size whale
you will ever see.

The world's whales are threatened by a return to commercial whaling.
Click www.stopbloodywhaling.org to help stop this.

The page is from the Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society, in the United Kingdom.

CJSF

Lord Jubjub
2007-Mar-24, 05:12 AM
Does the eye of the largest whales measure the same as the height of the average human?

I'll not exclaim several sacriligious comments for the sake of the children. . .THAT is one large creature!

ToSeek
2007-Mar-25, 08:47 PM
ToSeek, is there any particular reason you linked to the German page?

The blog I got it from linked to the German page. I didn't even realize there was an English page.

ciderman
2007-Mar-25, 09:19 PM
Does the eye of the largest whales measure the same as the height of the average human?


Nowhere near, they're quite small relative to the rest of the animal. About 15cm/6" for the largest.
Largest are found in the Colossal squid (30cm??), though apparently some Ichthyosaurs got close to such sizes.

Nicolas
2007-Mar-26, 12:20 PM
Is that visible eye size, or diameter of the actual eye ball?

ciderman
2007-Mar-26, 01:48 PM
That's the diameter of the eye ball, similar size to a grapefruit for the largest whales, a basketball for colossal squid.