Wednesday, January 14, 2009


One of the most amazing images I have seen recently: video of a giant Japanese Whaling ship, the Nisshin-Maru, with blood pouring out of the holes (scuppers) in its side. It was surreal and unexpected to see a ship bleed, even a ship known as a floating slaughterhouse, and immediately the blood came to mark this steel vessel as death itself, run on blood instead of oil.

The ship is helpless under the captain and crew, suggesting that the Nisshin-Maru is also a giant bleeding whale, and the people aboard - once thought to be in command - lose all control as they become part of this symbolic whale, fellow creatures being used for capital.

More surrealism:

whaling blood water
whaling sea blood

bloody whaling


Waldmensch said...

Interesting. I've seen the show on Animal Planet of the crew aboard the Steve Irwin who track the Nisshin-Maru and try to halt the whaling.

Hectocotylus said...

Yeah, that's where I saw the image. I thought the show was going to be hokey but I ended up watching 4 or 5 of them in a row one day when the entire season was being shown back-to-back.