Notable Whale Based Success

Notable Whale Based Success


Brendan Fraser wins the Oscar for Best Actor for his portrayal of Charlie in award winning film, ‘The Whale’


Wales qualifies for the FIFA World Cup. This is their second appearance in the international tournament (the first,1958)


Blackfish debuts at Sundance, shining a light on atrocities committed against Orcas held in captivity by SeaWorld. The film is met with immense critical reception.


Study is conducted that indicates whales are a positive influence to the productivity of ocean fisheries, colloquially referred to as ‘whale pump’


Three-label bidding war resulted in American rapper and songwriter ‘Wale’ signing with Interscope Records for $1.3 million. The rapper subsequently releases his debut album ‘Attention Deficit’, featuring singles ‘Chillin’ and ‘Pretty Girls’


Discovered that the neocortex of many species of whale is home to elongated spindle neurons that, at that point, were known only in hominids. A strong indication of whale’s intelligence


Twitter launches and decides to feature a Beluga whale being lifted by a flock of orange birds as its emblem for service outages and capacity limits. It is dubbed ‘Failwhale’ by the Twitter community, who mourns its discontinuation in 2013


Independent comedy-drama film ‘The Squid and the Whale’ is nominated for the Grand Jury prize at Sundance. The film features a massive diorama of a sperm whale at the American Museum of Natural History


‘The Snail and the Whale’, written by Julia Donaldson is published. It goes on to be awarded the Giverny Award for Best Science Picture Book and the Blue Peter Award for Best Book Read Aloud. The Times calls it ‘bold and brilliant, wise and wacky’


Thriller film ‘Jaws’, directed by Steven Spielberg, debuts as the highest grossing film of all time. The watershed film, which won countless awards and had a profound impact on American society, featured a group of men’s chance encounter with a great white shark on their vessel, Orca


A massive granite memorial was erected to celebrate the entrance of a humpback whale, named Humphrey, into the San Francisco Bay


A large number of belugas are studied by the US Navy to help improve detection of underwater objects using sonar


Organized whale watching emerges when the Cabrillo National Monument is declared a public venue for watching the migration of gray whales, a spectacle attracting more than 10,000 visitors


The International Whaling Commission places a moratorium on whaling, which leads to a substantial increase in whale population


The phrase ‘a whale of a time’ emerges after being used in a news publication based out of Emporia, Kansas in reference to a German demonstration in Lafayette, Indiana


Herman Melville’s Moby Dick is published by Harper & Brothers. It is met with mixed reviews


Esteemed English Romantic painter William Turner paints ‘Whalers’, an oil on canvas depiction of a whaling ship pursuing a thrashing sperm whale. The painting currently resides in the Metropolitan Museum of Art


Blue whales are officially classified by Swedish botanist Carl Linnaeus. They become the largest known animal to ever live


Alessandro Farnese and Francois, Duke of Anjou were greeted on their ceremonial entry into the port city of Antwerp by floats inscribed "Neptune and the Whale"

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