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Everything is Big on the Sperm Whale: VIDEO


A beached Sperm Whale provides wildlife experts with an opportunity for a rather in-your-face male anatomy lesson on Britain's Channel4.

The Independent explains:

In March, a sperm whale was beached on the craggy sands of Pegwell Bay in Kent. Taupe skies gave a grimness to its final setting, but veterinary scientist Mark Evans, who looks like the sort of person you'd back in a fight with a cobra, saw this as a marvellous opportunity. He and the producers called in a garrulous anatomist called Joy Reidenberg, who soon emerged as the star of the show. In a 20-hour burst, first under floodlights and later fighting the tide, they went digging into Leviathan.

Watch (warning: may not be for the squeamish), AFTER THE JUMP...

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  1. LMAO she is WAY too enthusiastic about that penis!

    Posted by: sparks | Aug 8, 2011 8:09:07 PM

  2. Oh my god! I've seen it all.

    Posted by: Terra | Aug 8, 2011 8:15:15 PM

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  4. She shames all the size queens in the gay community!

    Posted by: Max | Aug 8, 2011 9:54:37 PM

  5. Hahahaha...Very cute yet excellent explanation. lol

    Posted by: Dr. Christopher Blackwell | Aug 9, 2011 12:59:53 AM

  6. Sorry - not cute at all.... sad and stupid. I understand that the whale died and that this can be a valuable opportunity to examine a relatively foreign species - but it degrading to any species to play with the corpse and make a mockery. I would rather see a video of Joy getting her mouth sewn shut - perhaps she would enjoy being degraded.

    Posted by: John Haggard | Aug 9, 2011 2:06:31 AM

  7. @ John HAGGARD, no need to be a Bitter Betty about nature (or about someone who clearly loves her job). There's no mockery in this video but I can see how it could massage a puritanical mind into an uncomfortable corner.

    Posted by: Rob M | Aug 9, 2011 2:39:30 AM

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  9. I saw a guy at steamworks with one that big! :)

    Posted by: Rick | Aug 9, 2011 9:52:56 AM

  10. @John Haggard It's sad that you saw her enthusiasm, wonder, and awe for the sperm whale as a magnificent creature and thought she was mocking it.

    She is clearly educated about whales and saw an opportunity to teach others about one aspect, of many, that makes them fascinating creatures. She provided a lesson about their anatomy and mating behaviors. I certainly didn't know that a whale's penis is prehensile or that they mate belly to belly.

    I guess being appreciative and excited about biological diversity and form and how cool whales are as creatures is a bad thing.

    Posted by: luminum | Aug 9, 2011 2:56:51 PM

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