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Originally posted by Akragon a spear found in the body of a whale that was 130 years old.
Originally posted by lokdog
That's a pretty cool story, i had no idea they lived so long. It's to bad there's only 8-12 thousand left in the world. They're a pretty majestic creature, let's hope extinction isn't they're destiny.
Originally posted by Talltexxxan
But whos to say someone 30 years ago used a 100 year old spear to try and get him some whale? Just because the tool is a 100 y/o doesnt mean that the event happened 100 years ago. I have some automotive tools at my house that have been passed down some over 40 years old. And lets say I used said tool to work on a 2012 Camaro and then lost the tool somewhere in the framework of the vehicle. then 5 years down the road someone finds the tool and dates it back to 1973, does that mean that the 2012 Camaro infront of him is actually a time machine? NO it means I used an old tool on a new car.
Like I said before, Im not disputing that the whale could very well be 100+ years old. Im just sayin that just because a 100+ y/o tool was found does not mean it happened 100+ years ago
So the biologist claim that this discovery helps them to prove that these whales are the longest living animals absolutly holds no water. No if we could tell how old the wound itself is, then THAT would validate their claim. The tools age holds no relevance on how old the incident is.edit on 23-2-2012 by Talltexxxan because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by Akragon
This is a disgusting practice, and should be outlawed, but that isn't the point of this thread... I was just watching a documentary on Whales and they mentioned a spear found in the body of a whale that was 130 years old.
So i decided to do a little digging on the net and the artical came up almost right away... i thought this was very interesting... this whale survived a whaling attack over 100 years ago, even a bomb that was attached to the spear... and preserved a piece of history in the process... To my supprize Biologists believe Bowhead whales can live up to 200 years, making them the single oldest living mamal on the planet!
A giant bowhead whale caught off the coast of Alaska had a harpoon point embedded in its neck that showed it survived a similar hunt ? more than a century ago.
Biologists claim the find helps prove the bowhead is the oldest living mammal on earth.
They say the 13-centimetre arrow-shaped fragment dates back to around 1880, meaning the 50-ton whale had been coasting around the freezing arctic waters since Victorian times.
Although this is older news i still wanted to post it...
Pictures of the spear
edit on 22-2-2012 by Akragon because: (no reason given)
Originally posted by 1littlewolf
It is far more likely the spear has been in the whales neck for 130 years than someone specially made a spear head similar to ones made 130 years ago and then speared a whale on the off chance biologists would find it and then claim the whale is 200+ years old.
You have to consider what would be the most likely scenario.