by a Thinker, Sailor, Blogger, Irreverent Guy from Madras

There Google blows with a Doodle on Moby Dick

Today, 18th October marks the 161st anniversary of publication of Herman Melville’s novel Moby-Dick. It was originally published on October 18, 1851 in Britain.  And the Google homepage marks the event with a Google Doodle on Moby-Dick.

The Moby-Dick Google doodle picks a scene from the novel and shows Captain Ahab on a whaling boat ready to strike at the white sperm whale, with a harpoon.

Melville's masterpiece is a narration by Ishmael, a sailor in that fateful voyage on the whaling ship The Pequod.  Ishmael realises that Captain Ahab seeks revenge on the ferocious Moby-Dick, for biting off his leg in an earlier encounter.  You can read it online here [].

Is it me or does Moby-Dick’s eyes have a speculative, calculating look about it?


On taking a second look, there are 2 Google Doodles - well, sort of.  When you click on the Moby-Dick Google Doodle on the home page you are taken to search results for Moby-Dick. 

On the top left, we have another, smaller Doodle which is quite different.  There is no Captain Ahab and the letters Google are on the whale itself.


Which set me on another angle.  Is the scenery from the main Google doodle one from the imagination of Google artists or has the scene been depicted before?

That sent me hunting on, where else, but Google images for depictions of Moby-Dick and Captain Ahab.  Here is the collage:


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