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Netting humpback whales

Netting humpback whales

In the 1890s the Cook brothers developed a technique for catching humpback whales in steel-wire nets. Photographed at Whangamumu in 1909, these whalers are untangling their nets before a day of work. The trolley line behind them once brought strips of blubber ashore for boiling down.

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Reference: Canterbury Times, 11 August 1909, p. 40

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Jock Phillips, 'Whaling - Modern whaling and whale watching', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 19 April 2024)

Story by Jock Phillips, published 12 Jun 2006