They T-Boned Moby Dick, But Nobody Noticed
Donning 100% recycled Timberland Earthkeeper Boots, Peter Matthiessen marches from Uruk to Muktuk in The New York Review Of Books:
"As in Iraq...this last clean wilderness will be fatally filthied and contaminated and lost forever to... black effluvia of crude petroleum and drilling mud and chemical pollutants...poisoning great stretches of Arctic coast with a viscous excrescence...fouling the pristine habitat .. of the white beluga... whales... For the Inupiat... the fundamental basis of their diet and...spiritual well-being ..."The Government says they talk to us...They just turn our questions back at us, until finally we're yelling, 'Just answer the question!"
" I gather berries," said Aggie Aniqsuaq. "Last year there were no salmon-berries... Maybe that is from that seismic testing, too."...Inupiat hunters were predicting that the coal-mine explosions near Omalik would scare the whales further offshore, but...the whales on the island glow as white as a row of immense mozzarella cheeses... "My mouth is watering for beluga meat," said a rascally-looking gap-toothed whale captain from Kotzebue..."
Meanwhile , it was a bad sushi day for this former blue whale, struck amidriff in the Pacific west of Seattle. by the Container Vessel Kauai, traveling at 22 knots. The late whale slid off the fatal bow bulb transition when the vessel reversed. Owing to the absence of polar bear cubs , no Admiralty hearing was held. Greenpeace shrugged ,The Matson Line walked, and Peter Matthiessen declined comment.