CAPTAIN AHAB

 

  MOBY DICK IS HERMAN MELVILLE'S CLASSIC NOVEL ABOUT CAPTAIN AHAB CHASING A GREAT WHITE WHALE

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Captain Ahab, played by Gregory Peck in 1956

 

Gregory Peck gives an outstanding performance as Captain Ahab, in the 1956 movie: Moby Dick.

 

 

 

Captain Ahab is the main character in Herman Melville's literary masterpiece, and master of the Pequod. A master whaler and superb navigator, Ahab becomes obsessed with the hunt for the famous white sperm whale, after it takes his leg.

 

 

 

 

A BIT OF HISTORY

 

Moby Dick is the story of a great white sperm whale that fought back at whalers who tried to harpoon him. The idea came to Herman Melville after he spent time on a commercial whaler, where stories abounded of the sinking of the Essex in 1821 and Mocha Dick, a giant sperm whale that sank around 20 ships, before being harpooned in 1838.

 

 

 

 

Moby Dick has inspired a great many adaptations, the same basic story finding its way into the making of four films and two television adaptations.

 

 

Captain Ahab being put on hold by the G20 in relation to climate change

 

Cartoon depicting the desperation of climate change, where G20 world leaders have known about the problem for over 30 years, but still have not acted to reverse the trend - hopefully they will before it is too late.

 

 

 

James Robertson Justice and Gregory Peck

 

 

In addition there are many comics and illustrated volumes, adapted from the original, one of which is the emerging graphic novel version of a large humpback whale called Kulo Luna.

 

Kulo Luna is not as big as the whales depicted in Herman Melville's Moby Dick, but she has a diamond encrusted heart of gold, only attacking whaling ships that present a danger to herself or her friends.

 

 

 

 

Herman Melville was the author of a story about what we'd now consider an illegal activity, the commercial hunting of whales for oil and meat. In so doing, we believe that he was one of the first ocean ambassadors. Well done to the gentleman.

 

 

 

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