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It's the Friday in the middle of August. So here's a slideshow of whales

Sure why not?

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Image: Itsuo Inouye/AP/Press Association Images

YES, IT IS that time of the week again. While whales were in the news for sad reasons this week, what better way to celebrate their existence than to show them in the prime of their life.

When doing their thing, they can cause quite the splash (badum tish) and while us humans have to breathe through our boringly named ‘mouth’ or ‘nose’, they get a ‘blowhole’.

They can also be pretty huge and could, we reckon, take us – TheJournal.ie posse, and humans in general – in a fight… especially if we were in the water… and this was to happen:

(USNorthWest/YouTube)

With that in mind, you had better respect the whale. While you’re at it, respect the slideshow too.

It's the Friday in the middle of August. So here's a slideshow of whales
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  • Synchronised (whale) swimming

    Who said killer whales have no rhythm? Possibly no one. Ever. Until just now. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)
  • Whale a minute

    Maybe this is what whale evolution has in store for us, or not. (AP Photo/Rick Rycroft)
  • Whale tale

    Quite possibly the whale equivalent of giving someone the finger, but don't be offended. Just marvel instead. (AP Photo/Guillermo Arias, file)
  • Open wide

    The many teeth of a killer (orca) whale. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong)
  • Like a smoke ring, but healthier

    A white whale forms a ring, while simultaneously appearing to wave at the camera. (Itsuo Inouye/AP/Press Association Images)
  • Watch out!

    Is probably what would have been shouted had this been a real whale. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
  • Look over there...

    The beluga whale is known for its high-pitched twitter, and for looking left in photographs (only one of these statements is true). (AP Photo/John Bazemore)
  • Hello

    Here's looking at you, smiley white whale. (ChinaFotoPress/Photocome/Press Association Images)
  • Swimmin wimmin

    A two-day-old female white whale swims with her mother. One, two, three... aawwwwww. (AP Photo/Itsuo Inouye)

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