A gentle giant emerges out from the depths. Whaling is a method of hunting whales for their meat, oil and blubber. The hunting of whales on an industrial scale began in the 17th century and into the 20th century, and as a result of the quantities caught the whale is an endangered species. The International Whaling Commission (IWC) banned commercial whaling in 1986 to increase the remaining whale population in our seas. Let's work together to help save them. pc @icelandic_explorer
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While the village was asleep, I slipped outside to make a night photo of the bowhead whale bones which stand as a monument to the last whale successfully harpooned and landed near Kivalina 21years ago. And this is the moment that the most spectacular aurora I've ever seen erupted before me and filled the entire night sky with rapidly moving bands of green and purple light, dancing silently above the frozen tundra. -------------------------------------------------------
Please check out the Nov issue of Men's Journal or online now at www.mensjournal.com "The Last Whale Hunt for a Vanishing Alaskan Village" written by Saki Knafo with photos by Corey Arnold
By the late 18th century, New Bedford was already home to a prospering whaling economy. A primarily Quaker community, New Bedford didn't take part directly in privateering operations against the British government during the time of the American Revolution ; however, it did serve as a port of call for privateering vessels from Providence and Boston.
In retaliation, on September 5, 1778, 5,000 British troops attacked New Bedford, intending to burn storehouses and cripple the economy. The fires spread indiscriminately among the primarily wooden structures of New Bedford, and the damage was catastrophic.
In 1775, 75 whaling vessels hailed from New Bedford with some 1,000 seamen employed in their maritime economy. After the British attack, no whaling ship would leave New Bedford for seven years.
Few buildings remained standing after the attack, and this building, now Cork Wine & Tapas, is one of two that remain today, and you should get dinner there.
1841 Bark Charles W Morgan. Built in New Bedford, and launched in July 1841, it is the last whaling ship in existence. The big hook in the 2nd picture was used to hoist slabs of whale blubber and dropped through the deck to big try-pots below and boiled down to oil. The last picture is a close up of the crows nest.
1014 pilot whales and 221 white-sided dolphins killed so far in 17 grindadráp so far this year (2017) according to the first official release of data from the Faroe Islands.
The hunt are updated as follows:
21st May at Bøur - 83 Long-finned pilot whales
16th June at Tórshavn - 164 Long-finned pilot whales
16th June at Skálabotnur - 8 White-sided dolphins
26th June at Hvalvík - 157 Long-finned pilot whales
26th June at Hvalvík - 51 White-sided dolphins
29th June at Tjørnuvík - 43 Long-finned pilot whales
5th July at Hvannasund - 70 Long-finned pilot whales
8th July at Hvannasund - 71 Long-finned pilot whales
9th July at Tórshavn - 26 Long-finned pilot whales
10th July at Skálabotnur - 2 Long-finned pilot whales
16th July at Vágur - 30 Long-finned pilot whales & 12 White-sided dolphins
17th July at Hvannasund - 191 Long-finned pilot whales
25th July at Syðrugøta - 16 White-sided dolphins
5th August at Funningsfjørður 133 White-sided dolphins
5th August at Hvannasund - 39 Long-finned pilot whales & 1 White-sided dolphin
15th August at Fámjin - 50 Long-finned pilot whales
18th August at Tórshavn - 61 Long-finned pilot whales
20th August at Borðoyarvík - 27 Long finned pilot whales