Life-Size Whale

Dr. M (1801 Posts)

Craig McClain is the Executive Director of the Lousiana University Marine Consortium. He has conducted deep-sea research for 20 years and published over 50 papers in the area. He has participated in and led dozens of oceanographic expeditions taken him to the Antarctic and the most remote regions of the Pacific and Atlantic. Craig’s research focuses on how energy drives the biology of marine invertebrates from individuals to ecosystems, specifically, seeking to uncover how organisms are adapted to different levels of carbon availability, i.e. food, and how this determines the kinds and number of species in different parts of the oceans. Additionally, Craig is obsessed with the size of things. Sometimes this translated into actually scientific research. Craig’s research has been featured on National Public Radio, Discovery Channel, Fox News, National Geographic and ABC News. In addition to his scientific research, Craig also advocates the need for scientists to connect with the public and is the founder and chief editor of the acclaimed Deep-Sea News (, a popular ocean-themed blog that has won numerous awards. His writing has been featured in Cosmos, Science Illustrated, American Scientist, Wired, Mental Floss, and the Open Lab: The Best Science Writing on the Web.

6 Replies to “Life-Size Whale”

  1. Sites shouldn’t try to do their own Flash detection – they do it so badly.

    Meanwhile – if you’re going to link to something that should be a photo, but isn’t – please tell us what it is (in this case, Flash).

  2. Stephen,
    I apologize that you seem to be frustrated by the link or I didn’t include the precise specifics of what the link actually was. I disagree that this is a bad use of flash. The goal of the website is to convey the size of whale and it does so brilliantly. I would go so far as to say it is the best website I have seen this year. Better flash sites may exist but I am positive they will rank far below this on content.

  3. Super cool, but where are the barnacles and stuff? This whale seems exceedingly clean skinned compared to the ones David Attenborough has shown me. ;)

  4. That’s superb – thanks! I posted the link on the Bad Astronomy forum in the General Science section in case others are interested. It’s a great idea; it took me a while to scroll on my 15 inch screen, but I went to the tip of his/her bottom tail. I imagined marking points with a ruler along an actual whale, and that does give you a sense of its size (consider the time it would take to mark a cow with a ruler).

    Thanks again – I’m unofficially giving you a Blog of the Day award just for that post alone. But I’ve been enjoying your other entries, too. ;-)

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