RE: Whales

From: Greg Early (
Date: Fri Nov 16 2001 - 12:48:13 EST


There are, of course, a couple of problems, nonetheless. First, being that
ALL marine mammals are protected under (at least) the Marine Mammal
Protection act (regardless of whether they are endangered or not).
Secondly, I'm not sure how open minded your friends are, but these days most
people in the US feel that eating whale is pretty distasteful, from an
ethical standpoint. Thirdly, (the latter was not that much of a pun) even
though whales are eaten in some cultures, ours is not (and really has never
been) one of them. Look at it this way, in the heydays of American whaling
(back in the early to mid 1800's), whalers on a ship would rather spend
their three or so years at sea eating progressively rancid salted meat that
was stored on the ship than any of the tons of whale meat they were
catching. As a culture we just have never acquired a taste for the stuff.

OK, so despite the fact that it would be illegal, considered unethical, and
probably pretty distasteful, here are your options. In cultures that do eat
whales only two parts are commonly eaten. Whale skin is eaten, usually
uncooked, and whale muscle is eaten, sometimes raw but usually cooked.
Recipes? If you have an old copy of the "Joy of Cooking" from pre- marine
mammal protection days (somewhere around 1970) the last entry in the
"Seafood" chapter is a recipe for whale (entered, I suspect ONLY for the
sake of completeness, under the heading "Last but Vast"). As I recall the
recipe called for a lot of vinegar and boiling...

Maybe it is just me, but vegetarian chili is starting to sound like a pretty
good option...


 -----Original Message-----
From: Francine Gies []
Sent: Sunday, November 11, 2001 11:02 PM
To: Greg Early
Subject: Re: Whales

  Dear Mr. Early,

  Oh my, how embarrassing! I didn't realize! I guess the state of Alabama
just don't provide the education that it should. My apologies!

  So..... what part of a whale COULD I serve? I was thinking of an egg as I
would hate to waste a whole whale for just my little breakfast gathering.
And I do so abhor leftovers. I can't do the whale shark eggs as I already
served shark steaks with apricot glaze at one dinner party and some of the
same people will be at this gathering. I do so hate to serve the same
animal again. I'm known for my unique culinery expertize.

  Would any parts be good for a biscuit/gravy dish? I make the fluffiest
biscuits this side of the Mississippi. Again--please only suggest
non-endangered whales as I do consider myself an environmentelist.

  Thank you for your help.


  Francine R. Gies

    ----- Original Message -----
    From: Greg Early
    To: Francine Gies
    Cc: Pita@Whale.Wheelock.Edu ; Ask@Whale.Wheelock.Edu
    Sent: Friday, November 09, 2001 4:17 PM
    Subject: Whales


    Sorry to spoil the menu, but whales do not lay eggs. The largest marine
egg (as I recall) belongs to the whale shark, and if memory serves me, they
are about 18 inches long. Sounds large, but it is probably only slightly
larger in volume than an ostrich egg...

      -----Original Message-----
      From: Francine Gies []
      Sent: Thursday, November 08, 2001 10:28 PM
      Subject: Whales

      Dear Mr. Early,

      I consider myself a connoisure of fine foods. I love to try new

      So.....I'm in charge of planning a breakfast meeting for my bible
group. I was curious as to how big whale eggs are? Would one be large
enough to make an omelet to serve 8-10 people?

      Please be assured that I do understand that certain whales are
endangered and (of course) I would never try to serve these.

      Thanks for your help!

      Franzine Gies

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