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A whale in the Serengeti

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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 to 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 insect population?

As far as I am aware, nobody has filmed a whale in the Serengeti for a whole year. It would make for an intriguing documentary.

MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 12 2019

https://www.indepen...sland-a8796016.html It was you Max, wasn't it? Come clean. You'll feel better. [xenzag, Mar 12 2019]

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       You should watch the film "A Zed and Two Noughts" by Peter Greenaway. [+]
xenzag, Mar 12 2019

       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?
MaxwellBuchanan, Mar 12 2019

       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 order.   

       "Hello, Air-Freight International. I'll need the size, weight, origin and destination of the shipment as well as a brief description of the composition of the materials to be shipped. Uh huh... OK. These are... toy whales? One whale. 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 straight..."   

       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.   

doctorremulac3, Mar 12 2019

       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
xenzag, Mar 13 2019

       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 documentary.   

       Please review and bun as necessary.
doctorremulac3, Feb 13 2020


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