The Kid Should See This

Whale Fall (After Life of a Whale)

“When a whale dies, the story has just begun.” A beautiful paper-cutout puppet illustration of the different stages of how a whale decomposes, supporting the surrounding community of organisms for 50-75 years after its death. Animation by Flora Lichtman and Sharon Shattuck.

Related book recommendations from our gift guide: The World of Food Chains with Max Axiom, Super Scientist and Whales, Dolphins, and Porpoises: A Natural History and Species Guide.

Via Radiolab.

🌈 Related videos

Why isn’t the world covered in poop?

Rion Nakaya

Time lapse decomposition of a tomato over two months

Rion Nakaya

Under The Dock, a marine life series by Hakai Institute

Rion Nakaya

Saving the Andean Bear, South America’s only bear species

Rion Nakaya

Fabulous Food Chains and The Dirt on Decomposers

Rion Nakaya

Don’t put any coins in this cardboard coin box

Rion Nakaya

Rob Ryan’s intricate paper cutting illustrations

Rion Nakaya

Biodegradable mushroom packaging from Ecovative Designs

Rion Nakaya

ScienceTake: A Surprising Appetite for Dead Jellyfish

Rion Nakaya

 
Browse the TKSST Video Collections

Get 7 smart videos delivered every week.

 

Subscribe