Every energy source is a Faustian bargain. We trade comfort and convenience for deforestation, soot, radioactive waste, oil spills. But perhaps the most unsettling resource we tapped to light our homes was the one that the petroleum age displaced: the slaughter of whales for their oil.
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A sperm whale that measured up to 59 feet long and lived some 12 million to 13 million years ago used to hunt smaller whales. The species is named for Herman Melville, author of 'Moby-Dick.'
For centuries, we have treated the sea as limitless resource and a bottomless dump. The BP oil spill may change that.
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A tender look at a (mostly) gentle giant.
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