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Whale survives harpoon attack 130 years ago to become ‘world’s oldest mammal’

A giant bowhead whale caught off the coast of Alaska had a harpoon point embedded in its neck that showed it survived a similar hunt ? more than a century ago. Biologists claim the find helps prove the bowhead is the oldest living mammal on earth. They say the 13-centimetre arrow-shaped fragment dates back to around 1880, meaning the 50-ton whale had been coasting around the freezing arctic waters since Victorian times. 130-year-old weapon: The shiny scars on the weapon are a result of the chain saw cut Because traditional whale hunters never took calves, experts estimate the bowhead was several years old when it was first shot and about 130 when it died last month. “No other finding has been so precise,” said John Bockstoce, a curator at the New Bedford Whaling Museum in Massachusetts. Calculating a bowhead whale’s age can be difficult, and is usually gauged by amino acids in the eye lenses. It is rare to find one that has lived more than a century, but experts now believe the oldest were close to 200 years old. The weapon fragment lodged in a bone between the whale’s neck and shoulder blade comes from a 19th century bomb lance. Bowhead whale: Thought to live up to 200 years but the recent discovery is the best proof yet Fired from a heavy shoulder gun, the harpoon was attached to a small metal cylinder filled with explosives and fitted with a time fuse so it would explode seconds after it was shot into the whale. Experts have pinned down the weapons manufacture to a New England factory in about 1880 and say it was rendered obsolete by a less bulky darting gun a few years later. Even though the device probably exploded, the bowhead was protected by a one foot thick layer of blubber and thick bones it uses to break through ice one foot thick to breathe at the surface. The fragment alongside a similar but unfired bomb lance patented in 1885. “It probably hurt the whale, or annoyed him, but it hit him in a non-lethal place,” said Mr Bockstoce. “He couldn’t have been that bothered if he lived for another 100 years.” The find adds growing weight to evidence that bowheads outlive all other mammals. Six similar harpoon points have been found in the whales since 2001, all suggesting they live much longer than previously thought. The oldest known ages for mammals are 110 years for a blue whale and 114 years for a fin whale. The oldest documented human was a 122-year-old French woman, who died ten years ago. Famous novel: Captain Ahab, leading his...

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Young Korean artist Jee Young Lee recently presented her beautiful, surrealistic and Photoshop-free photography exhibition named “Stage of Mind”. The magic happens in the artist’s small 3,6 x 4,1 x 2,4-meter studio in Seoul. The artist builds these highly dramatic, psychedelic and visually intense scenes herself, ensuring that every teeny tiny detail is hauntingly perfect and leaves the viewer in awe. Jee Young Lee works with such precision that the creation of a set often takes weeks or even months of work. As soon as the otherworldly sets are done, the artist incorporates herself in them in various different ways and takes these stunning self-portraits. According to the artist herself, all of the photography sets and her specific roles in them tell a particular story about her personal life experiences or resurrect traditional Korean fables or other cultural heritage from around the world. Her work is a deep self-reflection for the artist and a means to explore her psychological identity. Jee Young’s amazing work will be on display at the OPIOM Gallery in Opio France from Feb. 7 to March 7, 2014. Take a look at Jee Young Lee‘s photos and embrace her enchanting...

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