Dan Hannan: Why the whale has such emotional sway over us all
Washington Examiner -

We look at whales with a degree of awe, almost veneration. In some Pacific, Inuit, and Native American mythologies, they are worshiped as gods. Even in the Judeo-Christian tradition, they are given a remarkable, though largely unremarked, distinction. Read the book of Genesis carefully, and you will see that they are mentioned before, and separately from, all the other animals:

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