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How the Whale Got His Throat

Humpback Whale jumpingWhales have been the main characters in legends and stories for centuries.  The majestic animals can be found throughout the world and are some of the largest mammals known to man. 

This month, the Norman children's department asked Father Alan Sutherland of St. Michael's Episcopal Church to share Rudyard Kipling's story about how the whale got its throat.  This is an interesting story about why many whales only eat krill, plankton and small fish even though they are such large animals.

If you would like to follow along, Just So Stories  by Rudyard Kipling is available as a book from the library or ebook from our OverDrive collection.

Read on to hear the story!

Click to listen to or download "How the Whale Got His Throat" read by Father Alan Sutherland.

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Take a look at these definitions for some words found in the story that you may not know:

Cetacean – noun
Aquatic mostly marine mammals that includes whales, dolphins, porpoises, and related forms and that have a torpedo-shaped nearly hairless body, paddle-shaped forelimbs but no hind limbs, one or two nares opening externally at the top of the head, and a horizontally flattened tail used for locomotion.

Sagacity – adverb
Having or showing an ability to understand difficult ideas and situations and to make good decisions

Natal-shore – noun
native shore. Place of birth.

Sloka – noun
A Sanskrit (Hindu) poem of two lines. Each line having 16 syllables.

Hibernian – adjective
Of, relating to, or characteristic of Ireland or the Irish.

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