115 year Old Lance Found in 50 Ton Whale

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We don't usually do "Save the Whales" type posts, but this TreeHugger was surprised to learn that the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission is allowing 255 whales to be harvested by 10 Alaskan villages over five years. Last month they shot a 50 ton bowhead and found that "embedded deep under its blubber was a 3½-inch arrow-shaped projectile that has given researchers insight into the whale's age, estimated between 115 and 130 years old....The bomb lance fragment, lodged a bone between the whale's neck and shoulder blade, was likely manufactured in New Bedford, on the southeast coast of Massachusetts". John Whitehead notes that the whale was a contemporary of Herman Melville, and that "The arrow-shaped projectile was probably shot at the whale in 1890 -- a year before the author of "Moby Dick" passed away"

Much has changed since then, but clearly not our arrogance or cruelty. Call me Ishmael, but this guy deserved better. ::USA Today via ::Environmental Economics

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