Story: Whaling

Dismembering a sperm whale

Dismembering a sperm whale

In New Zealand whaling stopped for economic reasons in 1964. It continued in Albany, Western Australia, where sperm whales were hunted. In this 1975 photograph a sperm whale is being cut up – a process which took only 90 minutes. However, in 1978 a growing conservationist awareness led to the end of whaling in New Zealand and Australia. The two countries became leaders in the international efforts to establish a moratorium on commercial whaling.

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Department of Conservation
Reference: 10041772
Photograph by Alan N. Baker

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Jock Phillips. 'Whaling - Modern whaling and whale watching', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, updated 9-Jul-13
URL: http://www.TeAra.govt.nz/en/photograph/6294/dismembering-a-sperm-whale