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Herman Melville and his White Whale

White or pigmentless or both?

I was fascinated as a kid by Hermann Melville’s story about “Moby Dick”, the white sperm whale chased fanatically by Captain Ahab, but who eventually lost the struggle to kill the beast that had dominated his life and caused him never-ending sleepless nights. —>—>

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The United Colours of Benham’s Disc

We see them, but do animals see united colours of Benham’s disc too?

I heard of a man who worked as a magician after World War II and in his performances used a disc with a strange pattern of black and white lines. However, when turned around and spun at high speed, the disc’s black and white pattern created the impression of faint reddish or orange, even greenish or yellowish colours in human observers. —>—>