The t-shirt, "drink wine, save animals," reminded me of the inarguable truism (oxymoron, redundant) that Rockefeller and Standard Oil single-handedly saved the whales from extinction. I probably know as much about whales as the average Texan having visited the whaling capital and whaling museum in Bedford, Massachusetts, on many occasions. My favorite whaling books (the ones on my bookshelves):
- The Marine Mammals of the Northwestern Coast of North America: Together With an Account of the American Whale-Fishery (California Legacy Book), Charles Melville Scammon, 1874, foreword of current printing, 2007
- The Whale: In Search of The Giants of the Sea, Philip Hoare, c. 2010
- Eye of the Whale: Lyric Passage from Baja to Siberia, Dick Russell, c. 2004
More later. I need to get home to start preparing for our older granddaughter's birthday party, later this afternoon.