In the latest twist to what was already a fairly ridiculous situation, the results of the post-mortem carried out on the whale spotted in the Thames last firday, tell us that the animal died of...erm... dehydration!
For some reason I can not begin to fathom, the tidbit of worthless news took the imaginations to the extent that hundreds of people gathered to watch the animal being dragged back to the sea. Bloggers, some of them, usually dealing with specific (and totally unrelated) themes blogged about it and I watched, amased as the whale story cropped up in the most unlikely locations of me feed gatherer. The Evening Standard (not exactly renowned for the high standard of its journalism, I have to admit) even published "picture souvenirs" of the event. I, myself find myself blogging about it now.
Call my cynical and cold-hearted (which Slightly would probably (rightly) say I am) but as I said, I don't get what the fuss is all about. There are hundreds if not thousands of whales that get killed every year. Even though this is a protected species, Japan actually hunts them, going against international treaties. No public outcry there, no multitudes demonstrationg. No multitudes either rushing to protest against the ENTIRE SPECIES that get wiped off the face of the planet each year.
It is a sad comment on our media driven society that a story picked up by journalists on a slow day for news should be given such a prominent place while so many other more worthwhile stories don't see the light of day.
Tags: endangered species, media, London, whale, Thames.