So we're really excited about our episode "Eaten Alive!" since the possibility of whole, live consumption by a giant predator is truly the stuff of human nightmares. As we discuss in the episode, there's also something beautiful about it. Be sure to check out the accompanying mini-gallery for a handful of cool images of such things as a sperm whale painting and Islamic Jonah.
But in this post I wanted to point out a couple of things. First of all, our two coolest sources on this were Mary Roach's excellent new book "Gulp: Adventures on the Alimentary Canal" and "Swallowed by a whale -- a true tale?" by Ben Shattuck. Plus a few other sources here and there, but those are the ones I recommend you seek out on your own.
I also wanted to share the wondrously gothic and grotesque photograph above. That's Captain Edmund Gardner and you'll notice his left hand is but a whale-mangled stump. Here's why, from Shattuck's article:
Again, read the rest of his article because it's a wonderfully written piece. Oh, and let's not forget the music we featured in the episode. You can buy the Decemberists' "The Mariner's Revenge Song" right here. Let's enjoy an animated version: