Mikey wrote:#1 - why is whale snot that important?
#2 - don't microbes cling just as much to clean-shaven scientists... or bearded men in other careers?
#3 - why did oral sex among fruit bats need to be documented? I think what those folks discovered was something far more surprising: a fetish for which videos couldn't be found on the internet.
stitch626 wrote:Well, maybe not. This could be used to track down severely dangerous pollution, by analyzing the whales migration as well.
GrahamKennedy wrote:Bingo. And identifying endangered populations so they can be protected, etc.
Mikey wrote:Well, we must already have had a way of identifying sick whales - otherwise, collecting their snot would be useless as we'd have no way of telling a control sample from an experimental one.
More importantly, none of this will help protect whales from whaling
GrahamKennedy wrote:Mikey wrote:More importantly, none of this will help protect whales from whaling
So what? Just because we fish, doesn't mean we should be unconcerned with fish stocks. Quite the reverse.
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