Whale of a tale

A male whale and a female whale were swimming off the coast of Japan when they noticed a whaling ship.  The male whale recognized it as the same ship that had harpooned his father many years earlier.

He said to the female whale, “Let’s both swim under the ship and blow out our air holes at the same time.  That should cause the ship to turn over and sink.”

They tried it, and sure enough, the ship capsized and quickly sank.

Soon, however, the whales realized the sailors were swimming to the safety of an island nearby.  The male whale was enraged that they were going to get away and said to the female, “Let’s swim after them and gobble them up before they reach the shore.”

At this point, he realized the female was becoming increasingly unhappy.  “Look,” she said, “I went along with the blow job, but I absolutely refuse to swallow the seamen.”

via email from Jeff Patten, 10-Aug-2000, 11:15