Aussie fisherman help a whale that apparently approached them for help

Interesting and heart-warming incident!

  • A whale surprised a group of fishermen north of Sydney
  • The whale appeared to be asking for help as it swam closely to their boats
  • One of the men removed fishing lines and rubbish bags out of its mouth
  • Another fisherman took selfies at the same time 
  • The whale apparently showed its appreciation by flapping its fin

See pictures at the link.

Animals are smart enough to do this sort of thing – ask humans for assistance. Even birds. A few years back, I noticed a red-wing blackbird appearing to be trying to get my attention by swooping near to me, back and forth; I then noticed, up a nearby tree, its nest, which was being harassed by a squirrel. I broke from my normal tendency not to interfere with nature, and yelled at the squirrel, which fled. The mother flew all around and chattered, apparently happy her young ones were safe, and apparently grateful for my help. Smart mother bird!

3D-printed jet engine unveiled by Australian researchers


Australian researchers have unveiled the world’s first 3D-printed jet engine, a manufacturing breakthrough that could lead to cheaper, lighter and more fuel-efficient jets.

Engineers at Monash University and its commercial arm Amaero Engineering are making top-secret prototypes for Boeing Co, Airbus Group NV, Raytheon Co and Safran SA in a development that could be the saviour of Australia’s struggling manufacturing sector.

Art Gallery of New South Wales: Australians

Thanks for this, EP; this is my first time, I think, seeing any Australian paintings!

Uncouth Reflections

Eddie Pensier writes:

More AGNSW pictures, this one focusing on the museum’s works by Australian artists. (I’m using a loose definition: artists who were either born or died or spent a substantial part of their lives in Australia.) I was especially taken by the nightmarish Surrealist paintings of Herbert McClintock and James Gleeson, enough that I’ll be investigating their work a lot further. Talk about out-Dalí-ing Dalí. I’m also a fan of Weaver Hawkins’ strikingly modernist jockeys, and Arthur Collingridge’s oddly sweet A Token of Friendship.


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