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July 30, 2017


Each day in the field was punctuated by magical moments when a pod of inquisitive belugas got close enough to sneeze into one of the petri dishes Hudson or her field assistant hung out of the back of a Zodiac boat.

"Magical moments."

(Thanks to The Perts)


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Over-the=counter-fish decongestant is not far away.

"Usually when I blow, I'm very stressed!"

This was said by

A. Captain Ahab

B. Shamu

C. A Disney animator

D. All of the above

...Here are we, one magical moment, such is the stuff
From where dreams are woven

Bending sound, dredging the ocean, lost in my circle...

I never imagined this when The Thin White Duke sang Station-To-Station.

Sneezing whales was a popular early seaport tavern band. Their biggest hit was "Don't Call Me Ishmael," followed "The Wreck of Moby Dick." Due to chronic nasal congestion caused by close proximity to belugas they were forced to disband.

We're gonna need a much bigger Kleenex.

Inquisitive Belugas opened for Country Joe and the Fish.

They did a "snotty" version of the Vietnam song and were booed.

Actual subtitle: "Churchill shipping traffic down in 2017, making it a good baseline year to study whale physiology"

That's what I kept telling them!

How does one make a whale sneeze, anyway?

Do you have to tickle their fancy?

Do belugas even have a fancy?

Scientist #1: "Is this butter on our Petri dish?"

Scientist #2: "No, it's snot."

I was on the Indianapolis. Belugas slammed two boogers into her side. We was comin' back from the island of Tinian to Leyte, just delivered the Sudafed. Eleven hundred men went into the water. Vessel went down in twelve minutes. Didn't see the first Beluga snot for about a half an hour. Five days in the water before the PBYs brought in the Kleenex.

Heh, Heh, They said 'blow hole'! (Runs away giggling}

Obligatory: A beluga lugie.

I saw Blow Hole Goop open for Nirvana. Helluva show.

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