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Whale flatulence stuns scientists
News.Com ^ | August 14, 2003 | Simon Benson

Posted on 08/14/2003 5:25:08 AM PDT by joesnuffy

Whale flatulence stuns scientists

By Simon Benson August 14, 2003

IT'S one of the unfortunate consequences of being a mammal - flatulence.

And, more unfortunately for a group of whale researchers, nature took its course right under their noses - literally.

The researchers claim this is the first photograph of a minke whale letting one go in the icy waters of Antarctica.
It was taken from the bow of a research vessel.

"We got away from the bow of the ship very quickly ... it does stink," said Nick Gales, a research scientist from the Australian Antarctic Division.

However, the episode did not detract from their mission, which was to collect DNA from whale dung and attach satellite tracking devices in the first research of its kind to track where the creatures go and what and how much they eat.

Already some incredible stories about whales are emerging.

One pigmy blue whale wearing a satellite tracking tag was found to be returning to a former population off southern Australia which was thought to have been hunted to extinction by Russian whalers.

"Every piece of this research is surprising," said Dr Gales.

"Some is confirming what we thought. We know a lot about humpbacks, but we don't know anything about where they are going.

"Internationally there is a big push ... saying there are now too many whales eating too many fish and so we have to kill them.

"It's important that we determine what impact whales actually have on a fishery such as krill ... and how that fishery interacts with the whale."

The Daily Telegraph


TOPICS: News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: airbiscuit; digestion; gas; mmmmmammals; pooting; toot; whalefarts; whales
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1 posted on 08/14/2003 5:25:08 AM PDT by joesnuffy
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To: joesnuffy
Yeah, sure, blame the whale. He who smelt it, dealt it.
2 posted on 08/14/2003 5:27:01 AM PDT by Wolfie
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To: joesnuffy
Yikes.
3 posted on 08/14/2003 5:27:13 AM PDT by NittanyLion
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To: joesnuffy
Whale flatulence stuns scientists

Well, gee whiz, they shouldn't stand so damn close!

4 posted on 08/14/2003 5:28:12 AM PDT by tbpiper
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To: joesnuffy
"We got away from the bow of the ship very quickly ... it does stink," said Nick Gales...

I should think it would...

5 posted on 08/14/2003 5:28:19 AM PDT by wimpycat (Down with Kooks and Kookery!)
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To: hellinahandcart; KLT; countrydummy; dead; Paul Atreides
Beans, beans the musical fruit. The more you eat the more you toot...
6 posted on 08/14/2003 5:28:32 AM PDT by sauropod (Graduate: Burt Gummer's Survival School)
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To: joesnuffy
Hold Muh Nose! Ping!

Gum

7 posted on 08/14/2003 5:28:35 AM PDT by ChewedGum ( http://king-of-fools.blogspot.com)
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To: joesnuffy
Oh MAN, everyone knows that a water polished fart stinks way worse than an airburst! That's some serious water displacement there.
8 posted on 08/14/2003 5:28:38 AM PDT by Treebeard
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To: joesnuffy
Y'mean, some scientists are actually paid to go lower than whale... dung?
10 posted on 08/14/2003 5:29:00 AM PDT by Jonah Hex
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To: joesnuffy
Just dont teach whales how to light 'em
11 posted on 08/14/2003 5:29:01 AM PDT by joesnuffy (Moderate Islam Is For Dilettantes)
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To: joesnuffy
something smells about this story.
12 posted on 08/14/2003 5:29:15 AM PDT by camle (- INCOMMING!!)
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To: joesnuffy
Well, yeah, I guess.
13 posted on 08/14/2003 5:29:54 AM PDT by RichInOC (...you're not as clean as you think.)
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To: joesnuffy
Liberals will find a way to tax me and you for this.
14 posted on 08/14/2003 5:29:59 AM PDT by ChadGore (Kakkate Koi!)
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15 posted on 08/14/2003 5:30:21 AM PDT by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I will defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: joesnuffy
Somehow I know I paid for this. These guys were on a government grant, right?
16 posted on 08/14/2003 5:30:55 AM PDT by Drango (Democratic fundraising....If PBS won't do it, who will?)
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To: joesnuffy
Whale toots = what it's like whenever Hillary opens her mouth. (That's why she's most often seen on the Senate floor speaking to an empty chamber.)
17 posted on 08/14/2003 5:31:33 AM PDT by anniegetyourgun
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To: joesnuffy
Pull my fing.....er flipper :o)
18 posted on 08/14/2003 5:32:13 AM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: joesnuffy
(heard from bystander holding nose)

"Dude, krill kills!"

19 posted on 08/14/2003 5:32:15 AM PDT by Jonah Hex
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To: joesnuffy
Just don't teach whales how to light 'em

When whale frat parties go bad...


20 posted on 08/14/2003 5:33:28 AM PDT by WestPacSailor (Ted Kennedy's car has killed more people than my gun.)
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To: joesnuffy
Did the whale try and blame it on the family dog?
21 posted on 08/14/2003 5:33:47 AM PDT by Drango (Democratic fundraising....If PBS won't do it, who will?)
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To: joesnuffy; okchemyst
OKC: worse than an airburst
JS: Just dont teach whales how to light 'em

No kidding, talk about an "airburst!" Natural fuel-air bomb? ROFL

22 posted on 08/14/2003 5:33:56 AM PDT by wysiwyg (What parts of "right of the people" and "shall not be infringed" do you not understand?)
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To: joesnuffy
All the while the whales have been laughing it up... "Those morons thought we were singing!"
23 posted on 08/14/2003 5:35:00 AM PDT by Tijeras_Slim (Official New Mexican Disruptor of the Lone Star Chat Thread)
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To: joesnuffy
The answer is "W - O - M - B."

Alex, "How do you spell what a whale fart sounds like?"
24 posted on 08/14/2003 5:35:43 AM PDT by HIDEK6
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To: joesnuffy
My daughter is a marine biologist. I've been known to tease her about studying fish farts. I've saved this picture for her.

Yes, I know whales aren't fish, but the pic is too good to pass up!
25 posted on 08/14/2003 5:39:22 AM PDT by FrogMom
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To: sauropod
Gorp?
26 posted on 08/14/2003 5:40:23 AM PDT by Seeking the truth (Hired Mercenary - Have Bullhorn - Will Shoutl for Freedom!)
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To: joesnuffy
Haven't scientists concluded that methane is a leading contributor to global warming...these whales must be stopped!!!
27 posted on 08/14/2003 5:40:55 AM PDT by Dutchgirl (Another Friendly Floridian.)
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To: joesnuffy
Whale flatulence stuns scientists

Women and minorities hardest hit.

28 posted on 08/14/2003 5:41:29 AM PDT by oyez
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To: joesnuffy
Hmmm, maybe the marine biologists have been incorrectly identifying "whalesong" for decades.
29 posted on 08/14/2003 5:41:35 AM PDT by Cloud William
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To: Puppage
"I'll have a 3 ton krill burger with onions and planton beans. And gimme a 500 gallon Neptune Ale to wash that down with..............and oh yeah, gimme some of that
San Cabo Clam and Jalapeno Sauce..............and a Pepcid
please!"
30 posted on 08/14/2003 5:43:13 AM PDT by Doc Savage
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To: Tijeras_Slim; hellinahandcart
ROFLOL!
31 posted on 08/14/2003 5:43:40 AM PDT by sauropod (Graduate: Burt Gummer's Survival School)
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To: joesnuffy
What ... no global warning ... ozone depletion alert?
32 posted on 08/14/2003 5:43:52 AM PDT by BluH2o
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To: joesnuffy
What a boon to mankind! I wonder how much of our tax money was used to fund this study?
33 posted on 08/14/2003 5:46:53 AM PDT by Destructor
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To: mhking
Just damn!
34 posted on 08/14/2003 5:46:54 AM PDT by FreedomPoster (this space intentionally blank)
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To: joesnuffy
Wow!!! This thread definitely qualifies as breaking news.
35 posted on 08/14/2003 5:47:28 AM PDT by Night Hides Not
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To: joesnuffy
If this isn't in breaking news it should be. :)
36 posted on 08/14/2003 5:51:41 AM PDT by xp38
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To: joesnuffy
Looks like a game of Pull My Fin.
37 posted on 08/14/2003 5:52:26 AM PDT by Shadowfax
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To: joesnuffy
Our tax dollars at work (though the photo should make a great ZOT placeholder).
38 posted on 08/14/2003 5:53:56 AM PDT by ZviTheWise ("Everybody in this house needs to calm down and eat some fruit or something." -- Mel Gibson, "Signs")
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To: Drango
My dog was farting in Technicolor yesterday (I told my sweetie that if farts were colored, these would have been tie-dyed!). It was insanely bad - I had to keep getting up and leaving the room! (He's not one of those gross dogs that does it all the time and you get used to it - he just all of a sudden started lettin' 'em rip!) It's been raining a lot and the yard is full of all kinds of mushrooms - I think he may have gotten into some that disagreed with him. Sorry to post a novel about the horrible smell of my dog - just felt the need to share. I won't let it happen again. :-)
39 posted on 08/14/2003 5:57:04 AM PDT by small_l_libertarian
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To: ZviTheWise
The taxpayers paying for this would be Australian not American.
40 posted on 08/14/2003 6:02:57 AM PDT by xp38
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To: Howlin; Ed_NYC; MonroeDNA; widgysoft; Springman; Timesink; dubyaismypresident; Grani; coug97; ...
Roll that beautiful bean footage....

Just damn.

If you want on the new list, FReepmail me. This IS a high-volume PING list...

41 posted on 08/14/2003 6:04:51 AM PDT by mhking
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To: joesnuffy; All

42 posted on 08/14/2003 6:09:30 AM PDT by new cruelty
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To: joesnuffy
Who cut the blubber?
43 posted on 08/14/2003 6:09:31 AM PDT by New Horizon
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To: anniegetyourgun
Whale toots and Hillary's ideology seem equal to me!
44 posted on 08/14/2003 6:12:03 AM PDT by DooDahhhh
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To: joesnuffy
What a friggin career.

Grandkid: "What did you do for a career, grandpa?
Granda: "I studied whale farts"
Grandkid: "I didn't think there were bigger loosers than the floor cleaners at Wal-Mart, but i guess I'm wrong"
45 posted on 08/14/2003 6:19:04 AM PDT by ctlpdad (When life hands you lemons, ask for Tequila & salt)
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To: wimpycat
"We got away from the bow of the ship very quickly...it does stink," said Nick Gales...


Wow! Extremely detailed scientific annalysis!


What will these bright minds discover next?


Oh yeah, Tom Dassholes response..."I'm shocked and saddened!
46 posted on 08/14/2003 6:19:12 AM PDT by dagoofyfoot
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To: joesnuffy
A fart is a combination of gases (nitrogen, carbon dioxide, oxygen, methane, and hydrogen sulfide) that travels from a person's stomach to their anus. When a person swallows too much air or eats foods that the human digestive system cannot digest easily gas becomes trapped in his/her stomach. The only way for this excess gas to exit the body is through the anus.

The gas that makes your farts stink is the hydrogen sulfide gas. This gas contains sulfur which causes farts to have a smelly odor. The more sulfur rich your diet, the more your farts will stink. Some foods that cause really smelly farts include: beans, cabbage, cheese, soda, and eggs.

A scientific name for a fart is flatus or flatulence.

The word fart is just one of many different terms used to describe the release of gasses from the human body. Other popular names for farts or farting include: gassers, stinkers, air biscuits, bombers, barking spiders, rotten eggs, and wet ones. You can pass gas, break wind, blast, beef, poof, rip one, let one fly, step on a duck, and cut the cheese.

Farts can be stinky, wet, loud, or silent but deadly. Pee-eeew!!!

Did you know?
On the average, a healthy person farts 16 times a day.
Hey guys, don't be fooled by girls who tell you that they never fart. Everyone farts, including girls. In fact, females fart just as much as males.
Many animals fart too. Cats, dogs, and cows. Elephants fart the most.
People fart the most in their sleep.
Farts that contain a large amount of methane & hydrogen can be flammable.
47 posted on 08/14/2003 6:20:02 AM PDT by bedolido (None of us is as dumb as all of us!)
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To: new cruelty
Man, that's gross!


Funny, but gross!!!
48 posted on 08/14/2003 6:20:41 AM PDT by dagoofyfoot
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To: joesnuffy
Ok, there goes the Ozone Layer. And the stupid liberals have been blaming my air conditioner and spray paint for years!
49 posted on 08/14/2003 6:23:39 AM PDT by Lockbar
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To: bedolido
You forgot the 'one-cheek sneak'.
50 posted on 08/14/2003 6:25:44 AM PDT by Hatteras (The Thundering Herd Of Turtles ROCK!)
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