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Star Trek Movies I-X Discuss the first ten big screen outings in this forum!

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Old March 26 2012, 05:03 AM   #1
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So this just hit me. Arent whale air breathers? If so why didnt they let go of some of that water after they beamed the whales up lol arent they going to drown!?! After many years of watching this movie I just now noticed that lol.
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Old March 26 2012, 07:29 AM   #2
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There no doubt was an airspace in the whale tanks...

...Plus, the writers very well knew the whales couldn't breathe water - our heroes are explicitly alarmed that the whales will drown if they aren't released from the sinking starship.

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Old March 26 2012, 02:41 PM   #3
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lol yeah thats what I was thinking to.
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Old March 27 2012, 02:54 AM   #4
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The whales had just surfaced before they were beamed out. They can hold their breath for a while. They weren't in there that long.
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Old March 27 2012, 09:40 AM   #5
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...And the fact that they stayed so calm and didn't attempt to break out (and succeed!) is probably attributable to a telepathic understanding of what was going on. Spock didn't exactly have time to press his fingers on George's temple a second time, but we know he can affect females from afar, and Gracie could tell her hubby not to raise a ruckus.

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Old March 27 2012, 10:13 AM   #6
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...And the fact that they stayed so calm and didn't attempt to break out (and succeed!) is probably attributable to a telepathic understanding of what was going on. Spock didn't exactly have time to press his fingers on George's temple a second time, but we know he can affect females from afar, and Gracie could tell her hubby not to raise a ruckus.

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I gotta admit, I would be very interested to see two humpback whales angrily break out of a BoP.
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Old March 27 2012, 10:48 AM   #7
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I gotta admit, I would be very interested to see two humpback whales angrily break out of a BoP.
They turn into bowls of petunias if that happens.
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Old March 27 2012, 11:07 AM   #8
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Humpbacks are capable of holding their breath for over 45 minutes, although this is uncommon.
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Old March 29 2012, 06:56 PM   #9
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Considering the measurements Scotty gave Dr Nichols at Plexicorp, the panels were 6 foot tall. The BoP looked like it had at least 8 foot ceilings, so that would leave plenty of breathable air space in the converted "whale tank".
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Old March 31 2012, 12:41 AM   #10
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Humpbacked.. People?
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Old March 31 2012, 02:40 AM   #11
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I seem to remember you can actually see the surface of the water as it sits in the converted cargo hold/whale tank. Although I should probably check that.

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They turn into bowls of petunias if that happens.
Oh no, not again...
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Old April 1 2012, 05:53 AM   #12
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Humpbacked.. People?
Harve Bennett said they couldn't use this joke in Russia. Apparently the Russian word for humpback is "Gorbachev".
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Old April 2 2012, 05:38 AM   #13
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I think it's gorbach, actually, FormerLurker. If Gorby had been a woman, his name would have been Gorbacheyeva, I believe. So they called the whales vessyl kit.
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Old April 8 2012, 05:36 AM   #14
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Possible. I only know for certain what Harve Bennett himself said at Star Fest '89, before William Shatner came out on stage.
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