Wine and Whales

Every since I worked at wine merchant in Natick, MA to pay for my tiny apartment during graduate school, I have enjoyed Italian wines. My favorite? Castello Di Gabbiano.  My other favorite? Catello Banfi. Maybe they will both send me bottles for the online plug (hint, hint).

My love of Italian wines is so great, and this news just bizare enough, for me to temparily loosen the 200m limit for DSN.  At the Banfi Estate a 5 my old, Plicoene, whale was discovered.  In total 16 vertebra, the size of footballs, were excavated.  At the time of the fortunate or unfortunate (depending if you are the whale or the paleobiologist) burial the site was 130m below the sea surface.  The dig site was also littered with several seashells and sharks teeth.  The later are probably from sharks feeding on teh carcass.  I’ll hedge a bet that the shells may relfect scavening gastropods doing the same.

Best quote…“Talk about unique terroir,” laughs Cristina Mariani-May.  A new vintage perhaps…Baleen Brunello?

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.

2 Replies to “Wine and Whales”

  1. Craig,

    Thanks for the link to the article on the Whale Bones in Italy and your efforts for Ocean Conservation.

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