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David Howton • 2 years ago

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Early whaling journal.

Drawing of a whale’s head being hoisted upward, from the journal of Rodolphus W. Dexter, kept aboard the bark Chili in the early 1860s. Courtesy the New Bedford Whaling Museum.

A SCRIMSHAW WHALE BONE SUN DIAL PROBABLY FRENCH, 19TH CENTURY

Whaling Ledger - stamps for each whale killed

There are only about 6,000 humpback whales left in the oceans. In the early 1900s whaling was very popular & over 60,000 whales were killed. Commercial whaling has been banned since the late 1950s, & currently whaling has been minimized significantly. Today the threats include accidental deaths by entanglement in fishing gear or collisions with ships.