Imagine that one day a giant squid materialized in the sky over a city like an Elder God, singing the song that will end the world. Imagine that you are that squid.
Such is your remit in Modulocean, a game made by Octurnip for the A Game by Its Cover jam, where developers made real games inspired by fake (but delightful) art for Famicom game cartridges.
The game is alternately titled Whale of Noise; you can also be a giant whale.
Your song changes as you experiment with with a series of glyphs floating in bubbles beneath your sea creature, moving them in and out of the sphere where they reside. Different combinations will cause strange reverberations; some will even level the city below you. Is there any rhyme or reason to your unholy might?
Whale of Noise - Modulocean is free to download for Windows and Mac.
Humpback whales with albinism are extremely rare, so it was a real treat when one appeared off the coast of Australia this week.
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Like the T. rex skeleton at the American Museum of Natural History, the blue whale model at London's Natural History Museum is the institution's unofficial mascot. The life-sized model (28.3 meters long) is now 75 years old. New Scientist tells the story of its birth:
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When an animal as big as a whale dies, its body becomes a whole new ecosystem. One whale carcass can support other forms of life for 50-to-75 years—basically as long as the whale itself lived.
This gorgeous video (I am not kidding. You will not need a unicorn chaser.) illustrates how that cycle works, using paper cutouts and simple puppetry. It's mesmerizing and enlightening.
The video was made for a Radiolab episode about whale falls, and was put together by Sharon Shattuck and Flora Lichtman. Amazing work!
Thanks to Ferris Jabr