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Soviet Union hunted endangered whales

“Ignorance is the father of fear” —

Scientists oppose whaling and covertly track its damage.

Ryan Jones, dialogue

enlarge/ Soviet whalers operating mechanized harpoons in 1960.

Every year, an estimated 13 million people live in the world Whale watching everywhere and marvel at seeing the largest animal ever to inhabit the earth. It’s a dramatic reversal from a century ago, when few live whales were ever seen. The creatures are still recovering from the massive industrial-scale hunting that nearly wiped out several species in the 20th century.
The history of whaling shows how humans How they wreak havoc on the oceans carelessly, also shows how they can change course. In my new book, Red Leviathan: A Secret History of Soviet Whaling

A humpback whale breaks into Boston Harbor, August 2, 2022. Whaling has greatly reduced the humpback whale population, but the species is recovering under international protection. These cookers and boilers at Whalers Bay, Deception Island, Antarctica, were used to boil down whales’ skin and blubber, extracting their oil, from 1912 to 1931.



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