Whales & Whaling

I have had an interest in the watery world of whales and a horror of the whaling industry since I was a teenager. This work explores whales, whale bones, and the whaling industry through time. Science is now able to demonstrate that whales and their relatives are highly intelligent, socially sophisticated animals who can be described as having a culture as well as demonstrating empathy and altruism. Today whale oil can be substituted for other oils. Most of the very large whales are exctinct and many species are still vulnerable. I am to be found writing letters of protest to the prime ministers of those nations still carrying out whaling. While the bravery and risk of traditional whalers is amazing, with our increased knowledge about these animals, it is not ethical to continue the hunting process. Whaling has no place in civilised society in the 21st Centuary.