The Other I

December 6, 2012

From the belly of the whale?

Filed under: Just Stuff — theotheri @ 9:28 pm

Moby's trick: The humpback whale appears to spout a ball fire from its blowhole as it rises to the surface off the coast of Arkansas, Alaska

This is a photograph of a whale emerging from the water off the coast of Arkansas.

It looks as if the whale is spouting fire from its blowhole, but it’s an optical illusion.  What is really happening is that sunlight is being refracted through the jet of moist air.

Maybe seeing shouldn’t be believing.

But it’s amazing just the same.



  1. top of the “fire” looks like the head of Einstein. yes, i did not do well on the Rorschach


    Comment by kateritek — December 6, 2012 @ 10:32 pm | Reply

    • Oh no! Can you FAIL a Rorschach?


      Comment by theotheri — December 7, 2012 @ 11:57 am | Reply

      • when you are neurotic you can fail anything……except passing up opportunities to do so


        Comment by kateritek — December 7, 2012 @ 1:11 pm

  2. I can do that.


    Comment by sanstorm — December 6, 2012 @ 10:41 pm | Reply

  3. Me too. All the time.


    Comment by theotheri — December 7, 2012 @ 11:57 am | Reply

  4. What coast of Arkansas? The Mississippi? Maybe it was Alaska. At any rate it is a cool picture!


    Comment by kay lent — December 7, 2012 @ 8:23 pm | Reply

    • What coast of Arkansas, indeed. I found the photo in the Nigeria Daily News, and without using a single cell in my brain, just took it on faith that the photo was taken on the coast of “Petersburg, Arkansas.” I think the reference must be to Arkansas Ave in St. Petersburg, Florida. As I said, seeing isn’t believing. In other words, don’t believe everything you read on the internet.

      Thank you for reminding me (she said humbly). Terry


      Comment by Terry Sissons — December 7, 2012 @ 8:54 pm | Reply

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