Whales – the wonderful mysterious creatures of the oceans! Whales are immense mammals populating the oceans, fully adapted to life in the water. They have been living in the deep waters since times immemorial – let’s say around 50 million years ago.
Whales are very special creatures belonging to the Cetacea order and they come in various kinds and sizes, according to the sub-order they are part of. Therefore, we have the Mysticeti (or baleen whales), part of which are the blue whale, the minke whale, the bowhead whale and the humpback whale; and then we have the Odontoceti sub-order – meaning toothed whales – and these are the pilot whale, the beluga whale, the killer whale and the sperm whale or cachalot, which is actually from 16 to 20.5 meters long and the mammal with the largest brain living on Planet Earth.
There are various ways of learning about whales. One could easily do some research about these creatures and expand on the amount of information about whales. But one could also choose more entertaining and engaging ways of learning about these amazing mammals – some of the oldest on our planet – that could not only enlarge the amount of information, but could also increase the level of understanding of the information receives and also of awareness concerning this species.
Let me give you just a few examples:
Natural Science Museum or, why not, The Whale Museum
You can go and visit a natural science museum in your area. Natural science museums usually display information in a visitor-friendly manner, so that you can easily learn about our planet. Also, children love these types of museums, as they can sometimes see displayed skeletons of the creatures that they learn about. Paying a visit to a natural sciences museum is a great experience for children and parents alike to expand their knowledge and vision about Planet Earth. Or, why not, if you are indeed keen on learning all that can be learned about whales in a museum, then you can simply visit The Whale Museum located in Friday Harbor in the San Juan Islands.
Why not have dinner with a whale?
However, if you are not quite the museum type and you have never had the geek’s attitude, but rather that of a more active person, set on fun and adventure, there is another thrilling way to learn about whales along with all of your family. For sure the children will be exhilarated if you surprise them with some SeaWorld tickets from FloridaTix. There is that they could watch not only whales, but also penguins and dolphins. Plus, what you could so is dine with Shamu – the VIP killer whale of the SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida. Don’t worry – there will be a thick glass between you, not for you to somehow accidentally turn into Shamu’s dinner, after all. It would surely be a most amazing and unforgettable experience and maybe the closest you could have to a whale, given that special safety measures are taken by the park’s administration for you to enjoy what could be the most entertaining way of learning about whales without risking to become the bate.
Back to school!
Read Moby Dick and live a great adventure along with Captain Ahab and his crew!
If you have always been the introspective type then there would be a most enjoyable way for you to get a thorough understanding of what a whale is all about. There is a book that has become a classic and is one of the most appreciated treasures of literature that the American culture has ever given to humanity: Moby Dick by Herman Melville. Ever since it has been first published in 1851 the book made an impact on the audience, especially because back in those days of the 19th century whalers were astutely hunting these wonderful creatures of the seas and waters for their oil and meat. You will get caught in the adventures of Captain Ahab and his obsession with Moby Dick and his revenge upon the whale that had left him crippled, but in many other aspects that accurately reflect both the spirit of an era and matters that lie deeply in the human nature. The whole book follows a hunt of a creature that seems bigger than life itself – a whale, the whale, The Moby Dick, which captain Ahab sees as a foe, attributing to it some rather human features that actually reflect his own human self, sometimes in the darkest corners of it.
One must understand, though, the perspective of the writer and the time when the novel has been written, as back then, in the 19th century, there were many incidents concerning whales; many have died trying, but some have also succeeded in killing whales – unfortunately! Because nowadays whales are considered to be vulnerable species (with some kinds of whales even being considered extinct species, such as the sperm whale or cachalot, Moby Dick being one of these also) and maybe you should always have this in mind throughout your educational quests, no matter which one you will go for.