Subject: slaughtering of whales

Tokitae (
Thu, 15 Jan 1998 22:12:55 -0500 (EST)

Hi!  I am sophomore high school student, currently I am taking a Marine
Biology coarse at my school.  Next week I have a big presentation due.
My partner and my topic is the slaughtering of whales, or whaling.  Is
there any way you could give a little information on the slaughtering of
whales?  I would be most appreciative.
Thank you,
Lindsay Schmid

I can only offer you a few thoughts on such a broad topic. Try to guide your
inquiry into looking at the social disintegration that results from whaling.
Look at the selective hunting of the large females, which would tend to the
oldest (females are larger than males among baleen whales). We don't know
the content of whale vocalizations, but if they pass on certain behaviors
whether by coded vocalization or by example, then some valuable skills like
foraging or giving birth or nursing or raising young could be lost or
diminished when the older generation is wiped out. Also, you might look at
the loss to the marine ecosystem from so many large eaters and defacators
being removed from the system. You have some library work to do. You can
start with the WhaleNet bibliography.

Howard Garrett
PAWS Lolita Campaign Coordinator