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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.


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