Story: Whaling

Stripping a baby whale

Stripping a baby whale

Right whales were hunted when they came inshore to bear and suckle their young. Often the baby whales were also killed. As a result there was no long-term replenishment of the herds. This photograph from Kaikōura about 1910 shows whalers stripping the blubber from a baby whale. The men behind it are standing on a full-grown whale.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
Reference: 1/2-022935; F

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How to cite this page:

Jock Phillips, 'Whaling - Shore-based whaling', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/6257/stripping-a-baby-whale (accessed 26 April 2017)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 12 Jun 2006