Whale of a Tale
In 1890, the Utah Enquirer published an article titled Whales in Salt Lake. According to the article, two juvenile Australian whales, one female and one male, were “planted” in Great Salt Lake in 1873. James Wickham imported them and commissioned special rail cars filled with seawater to transport the whales from San Francisco to the lake. Whale of a Tale retells this story using period-correct photographic techniques to blur the lines between fiction and truth.
“Fake news” of whales in Great Salt Lake continues to this day. An article published on January 16, 2019 in the World News Daily Report describes how a dairy farmer in Farmington found a 12-meter long humpback whale in his field which most likely came from Great Salt Lake.