Wednesday, February 24, 2016

The absolutely true and real history of Jonah and the "Whale" - and his arrest for cruelty to animals.

According to Judaic and Christian tradition, the prophet Jonah was thrown overboard to calm the seas, was swallowed by a "great fish" (or whale), and then commanded to go to Nineveh to prophecy to its inhabitants.

In a little known interlude between being spit-out from the "fish" and going to Nineveh, however (if the image reproduced below is to be given any credence - and I'm not saying it should be), Jonah was first arrested by two Roman soldiers working for the SPCA in what may have been the first-of-its kind Save-the-Whales action:

Live Magazine (Volume 79) - 1922

Fifty-five years later, fourteen-year-old Maris Sidenstecker founded Save the Whales for the purpose of, "educating the public, especially children, about marine mammals and the fragile ocean environment." 

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