I love cartoon whales.
They are so cute and adorable and I love the fact that they have no tail and they don’t have legs.
I love them because I have a fascination with them.
I was really excited to have the opportunity to film an interview with cartoon whale photographer and artist Mark Erikson, who has been documenting the life and evolution of these iconic animals for over 50 years.
Eriksons work is now on display at the Museum of Whale Watching in Washington DC.
Erickson is also a member of the International Committee of the Zoological Society of London, the British Association for the Conservation of Nature, and the Royal Society of Arts.
In our interview, we discussed why we love these creatures, their importance to conservation, and their conservation story.
First, let’s go back to the birth of cartoon whales: Why is there such a thing as a whale?
What is the relationship between animals and humans?
How do whales feel about humans?
The first whale to exist was a baby dolphin named Tuna.
Tuna was born about 12,000 years ago in the South Pacific, off the coast of Australia.
The mother was an African seal, so she was pregnant and didn’t know what to do with the baby.
It was a very special baby.
She named it after a famous sea captain, who died in 1788.
Tails and legs came later.
And then a few years later, in the 1930s, a baby whale called the Tasmanian Devil appeared.
And he was a giant.
It’s the largest of all the whales, and it’s named for the place where the Tasman Sea meets the Pacific Ocean.
It took another couple of years to raise the son.
And in the late 1950s, he was born and named after an American man, a scientist named Alfred Nobel.
He was very important because he was the first man to study the genetics of a dolphin and a whale and he discovered that the genetic code was very similar to that of humans.
He discovered that a lot of the genes that make us unique are in the same region of our genome.
So the next big breakthrough came in the 1960s, when scientists realized that the genes we had in common with our closest living relatives, chimpanzees, had a very specific gene that made us the closest living cousins.
It turned out that the gene that makes us our closest relative is called the TP53.
The TP53 gene is like a little box that has a little sticker on it that says, “This is a gene for a very important enzyme in the human body, called lipoprotein lipase.”
The idea is that we can understand the genes, the genes involved, and then we can use the TP73 gene to identify the specific enzyme that makes the enzymes that make our lipoproteins.
We can then study how those enzymes function and see how to make our own.
And that’s when we got the idea of a whale.
A whale has a whale’s ability to live on land.
And if you are a person who is able to live and work and have a family and a job, then that means that you are capable of supporting a family.
We think of the whale as a kind of a surrogate mother, and we think of them as having two or three generations to help the whale.
And we think that the whale can be a very useful species in a number of ways.
The whale has been around for thousands of years.
The oldest known fossil whale was about 13 million years old.
That fossil whale is from the South African island of St. John.
It has a very long jaw.
It had very sharp teeth.
It also has a long neck and a long tail.
It can move very slowly.
It could dive and can go very fast.
The whales also have very sharp eyes and a keen sense of smell.
And it’s able to tell when something is there.
And when a whale dives, it usually has a distinctive sound.
The sound of a beluga whale’s call is called “the hump.”
When we think about whales, whales have been around since time immemorial.
And this whale was just discovered in the 1970s.
It is named for a Dutch explorer named Richard Hofstede.
He is credited with finding the first whale carcass off the French coast in 1618.
In the late 1800s, there were a number species of whales.
The first species of whale was a baleen whale.
The baleeen whale is the one that you see in the movie Titanic.
It lives in the Pacific.
And at the time, they were very much like whales today.
They were mostly caught by nets and were very tough.
They’re the only animals that can survive the rough seas.
And so this whale’s species was a bit more difficult to find.
But eventually, in 1905, a Dutch researcher named Wilhelm Roen was working on the construction of a new whaling fleet.
So he was very interested in whales and this particular whale.
He saw that it was