Story: Whaling

Approaching a whale (2nd of 3)

Approaching a whale

A harpooned whale would thrash in the water and drag the whaling boat until exhausted. The boats would approach and the steersman would kill the suffering creature with the thrust of a lance. If there were a number of boats, those who claimed the whale would mark their catch with a flag attached to the lance.

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Jock Phillips, 'Whaling - Pursuit and capture', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 26 May 2022)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 12 Jun 2006