Human history becomes more and more a race between education and catastrophe.

A whaling ship surrounded by several dead whales lying in the sea at Spitsbergen, Norway; ca. 1905.

This picture makes me sad but it’s fascinating nonetheless to see such a grand, morbid sight.

 Prior to the invention of the modern petrochemical industry, whale oil was prized for illumination since it burned very cleanly in oil lamps. It was also used for lots of specialized lubrication applications such as clockworks and transmission gearboxes. In the US, whale oil was used until the signing of the 1972 Endangered Species Act.

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One response

  1. I am glad to hear Japan has agreed to stop this barbaric culture of whaling. How about Norway ?

    April 18, 2014 at 3:30 am

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