404 words • 2~3 min read

Finding Melville’s Whale

It’s hard to believe that 365 Days of Darwin is three quarters over. For nine months, Charlie and Charlie 2.0 have joined us on our adventures around the world.

I love the challenge of coming up with something new and interesting every day. Hosting a regularly scheduled event keeps me focused on the blog. 365 Days of Darwin is challenging, rewarding, and gives our readers something new to look forward to every time they visit.

But everything ends, eventually, and 365 Days of Darwin is entering it’s final 3 months. It’s time to begin something new and different.

In the vast literature of the sea, one book stands out above the others as universally recognized as a maritime classic. I am of course referring to Moby Dick. Join us over the next year as we read Herman Melville’s masterpiece and discuss its meaning to us, as marine biologists and people in love with the sea. Every Tuesday and Thursday, with an occasional Sunday, we will post a new chapter with a short poem summarizing the chapter, and open the comment thread for discussion.

I’m reading from the Oxford World’s Classic edition, but any version will do. You can find an annotated online edition at Power Moby Dick.

Chapters are generally only 6 to 8 pages, so this should be a calm leisurely pace and  keeping up will not overwhelm anyone who wants to participate.

Join us, over the next year, as we explore one of the great maritime novels. Charlie’s adventure may be ending, but our quest to find Melville’s whale is just beginning. Chapter one will be posted tomorrow, August 26.

~Southern Fried Scientist


Deep-sea biologist, population/conservation geneticist, backyard farm advocate. The deep sea is Earth's last great wilderness.


Connect with SFS


  • Recent Popular Articles

    The Trouble with Teacup Pigs
    Mermaids: The New Evidence is a Fake Documentary
    Charm City's Water Wheel: The first truly feasible ocean cleaning array is already afloat
    10 reasons why marine mammals aren't as cute as you think they are
    How to build a canoe from scratch on a graduate student stipend
    Severely injured great white shark found, are scientists responsible?
    How to tell if a "shark in flooded city streets after a storm" photo is a fake in 5 easy steps
    Cascading planetary-wide ecosystem effects of the extirpation of apex predatory Krayt dragons on Tatooine