Last summer, D’Errico fullfilled a lifelong dream of visiting Mount Ararat in Turkey in search of the biblical treasure. She didn’t find it, but came close to an area where she believes the ark could be.
Now, she’s is planning a documentary of her return visit later this summer — if she can get $10,000 worth of donations via Kickstarter by July 25.
The money raised will be used to hire a professional cameraman and equipment and to outfit all crew members with GoPro cameras.
Getting the money in the short time frame could be a tough climb for D’Errico, especially because many people believe Noah’s ark never really existed.
D’Errico has ready answers for people who find it hard to believe that any vessel could carry enough animals to repopulate the Earth.
“If you do the math, the total cubic volume inside the ark would have been roughly 1.5 million cubic feet,” she told The Huffington Post by email. “That’s the equivalent of 569 modern railroad stock cars. The average stock car can accommodate 240 sheep, which would have been the average size animal on the ark.
Recall that she’s shown an interest in this before.
As a rough estimate, the Titanic was about 6 times bigger than D’Errico’s calculation for the size of the ark. There is plenty of good reasons to consider the story of Noah’s ark as just a story and NOT literal. Check out Jason Colavito’s post on Donna’s ark ideas.
The really confusing part (other than why she can’t come up with $10K on her own) is her strange mix of Biblical literalism and evolutionary ideas. She talks about “kinds” and species, as if the animals taken aboard back then could have resupplied the world’s diversity in those few thousand years. Which is it Donna? Fantasy or reality? I don’t think she actually understands the math she is telling US to do. It makes no sense.
D’Errico’s Kickstarter video proposal