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I've just been watching a documentary where David
Attenborough watches a dead whale lying on the bottom of the
ocean for a year. (Actually, I suspect he didn't personally
watch it, but there was lots of footage of it.) Over the course
of the year, various animals from sharks to worms turn up
feast on the carcass, and then on its bones. The whale
becomes a little oasis of life. Some species have only ever
been found on whale carcasses.
So, here's my proposal. Next time we get a dead whale
washed up somewhere, take it to the middle of the Serengeti
and film it for a year or so. Would big cats turn up, or would
they be completely freaked out? Would vultures know what to
do with it? (Yes, they probably would.) How about the local
As far as I am aware, nobody has filmed a whale in the
Serengeti for a whole year. It would make for an intriguing
It was you Max, wasn't it? Come clean. You'll feel better. [xenzag, Mar 12 2019]
Film xenzag was referring to.
[doctorremulac3, Jul 03 2022]
||You should watch the film "A Zed and Two Noughts"
by Peter Greenaway. [+]
||You beat me to the punch with that link by about .08 of a second [xen]
||Re. the link: "Researchers said there were no clear reasons
why the animal died" well, have they considered being
dumped on the land as a possible cause of death?
||If you get funding for that I'd like to be the person in
charge of logistics. The arrangement of such to start the
documentary would make for an entertaining beginning.
You'd have a camera crew filming the person taking the
||"Hello, Air-Freight International. I'll need the size,
weight, origin and destination of the shipment as well as
description of the composition of the materials to be
shipped. Uh huh... OK. These are... toy whales? One
For an amusement park or something? A real whale? Oh,
going to a marine park? The Serengeti? Is that a marine
park? Oh, the desert. You're taking a whale to the desert.
Won't it die? Oh, it's already dead...OK, let me get this
||Assuming you didn't use an aircraft and deliver it "Oh no,
not again!" style, the looks on the faces of people as you
drove by with this thing on a massive, very massive,
truck would be entertaining as well. The job of getting it
there might make for good doc too.
||Max - you should also find and watch The
Werckmeister Harmonies, the year 2000 Hungarian
drama mystery film directed by Béla Tarr. It's a
brilliant film but I won't reveal the connection with
this idea. You'll have to find that by watching it.
That's two excellent films for you to thank me for
bringing to your attention
||This would generate millions of views. I'd watch it,
you'd watch it. There are some logistical issues but as
mentioned, that would be the best part of the
||Please review and bun as necessary.
||//As far as I am aware, nobody has filmed a whale in
the Serengeti for a whole year.//
||I did once, but it wasn't whale and it wasn't in the
Serengeti. I also didn't film it.
||It was for a whole year though.
||I'm gonna resurrect an idea of Max's from time to time. There's
enough brilliant material in his catalog to last a long time.
||Notice the HB's been a little dark lately what with the passing
of Farmer John n such. Here's one of Max's best that you can
enjoy and bun if you haven't already.
||In Peter Greenaway's film A Zed and Two Noughts
several large animals feature as timelapsed total
decompositions. It's a brilliant film by the highly
creative Greenaway. Meanwhile, I imagine the
dead whale wouldn't last too long as a feeding
frenzy ensued but the balance of an entire eco
system may be disturbed, so perhaps it not such a
great idea after all.
||I don't know, is dropping food in an eco system detrimental? If
I were a lion or a hyena I'd be happy to get a one time multi
Could make them fat I guess. I wouldn't make it a regular
||Put up a link to your film.