How Much Whale Oil Is There in Space?

I swear this is not a Hitchhikers guide reference…

This is a real question. Whale oil is a wonderful industrial lubricant and remains liquid at extremely low temperatures. It was almost certainly used in some NASA technology over the decades. But how much whale oil have we sent out into the cosmos?

Source: How Much Whale Oil Is There in Space? More Than You’d Think

Fun fact: US automatic transmission fluid contained whale oil until it was banned in 1973 by the Endangered Species Act. Same goes for:

  • lamps
  • watch oil
  • glycerine
  • detergent
  • rust-proofing

The list goes on, so it could have been a floor wax and a dessert topping.  Good thing the industry found out about the Jojoba plant

How the Jojoba Plant Saved the Sperm Whale

The jojoba plant is a desert-growing shrub. The sperm whale is an ocean-living mammal. On first glance, it would not seem that they would have much in common. But they do—and that commonality may be the reasons sperm whales didn’t go extinct.

Source: How the Jojoba Plant Saved the Sperm Whale

He tasks me! That plant, he tasks me! 😉

Disabled Orca Stumpy Has Always Relied on the Kindness of Stranger Orcas

“We named him Stumpy because of his damaged dorsal fin,” Similä said, adding that she doesn’t actually know whether the calf is a male or a female. “He’s not like other killer whales. He can’t hunt, and they care for him.”

Source: How Orcas Work Together to Whip Up a Meal

It’s not the first time orcas have been seen supporting disabled kin

Poor Boris…

Sushi Restaurant Owners Admit Serving Endangered Whale to Customers

Brian Vidor, owner of The Hump, pled guilty along with his parent company, Typhoon Restaurant Inc., to serving Sei Whale to customers. You’d think people would’ve figured this out sooner since the second half of the restaurant’s sign (“back”) had been hastily crossed out with magic marker.

Source: Sushi Restaurant Owners Admit Serving Endangered Whale to Customers

That’s a serious breach of etiquette.