Earlier this week while on a flight to Belfast for a conference I was reading the wonderful book ‘Sex on Earth: A Celebration of Animal Reproduction’ by Jules Howard. It was during Chapter 8: The Human Frequency, that I got the idea for my next doodle.
Jules writes (the chapter is about glow worms), “… [sounds made by whales and dolphins] are among the loudest noises any animal has ever made (reaching as much as 188 decibels in the blue whale; that’s only a little less loud than strapping a grenade to your head and pulling the pin). These calls can travel more than 600 miles, which is the equivalent to the blue whale hanging from the ceiling at the Natural History Museum in London having a chat with the model blue whale in the Natural History Museum in Gothenburg, Sweden.”
And of course, any time someone mentions a couple of blue whales…
[Update: Yeeeah, I put the Swedish whale in Stockholm by accident – the perils of doodline late at night under pressure. I shall remedy this post-haste!]