When a humpback whale began playing with Nan Hauser like a toy, she feared the worst. The 50,000-pound mammal swam toward the marine biologist and began to nudge her. Nan had been deep-sea diving for 28 years, but had never known a whale to be this touchy-feely. It appeared hell-bent on throwing Nan on its head and back. Most of all, it wanted to tuck Nan under its pectoral fin.
In February 1891, James Bartley said he was eaten by a whale, and lived in its stomach for 36 hours. Bartley was a sailor on board a ship called Star of the East. He recalled the whaling ship was nearing the Falkland Islands when a whale was spotted. Longboats were dropped into the ocean, and harpoons were fired. The wounded whale tossed and turned. It struck the longboat containing Bartley with its tail. The boat tipped over, and Bartley and another man disappeared into the water. They were presumed drowned.
Kjell Inge Roekke is a man of contradictions. The billionaire owner of an oil company sounds like an unlikely environmentalist, but he is determined to clean up the oceans.