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Whales and Whaling by Paul Budker
London, Toronto, Wellington & Sydney: George G. Harrap & Co. Ltd., 1958
Hardback with Dust Jacket over Black boards with Gilt titling to Spine
Illustrated by way of: Black & White Photographs; Black & White Drawings; Maps; Tables;
From the cover: Probably less is generally known about whales than about any other mammal. Much of the information handed down by whalers has been found to be inaccurate. Since the establishment of the International Whaling Commission, however, a mass of altogether new data has become available, upsetting many long-held beliefs about these ocean giants and the way they live. In this fascinating book, Paul Budker, who is a member of the Commission, has drawn on these new facts, as well as on his own wide experience. How heavy are whales? The rough-and-ready guide used by whalers of a ton a foot is reasonably accurate. Records show the blue whale to be the largest, with an overall length of up to ninety feet. On this basis the weight of one whale can equal that of a herd of elephants! How long do whales live? As a species they are not particularly long-lived. The average age is between twenty and thirty years.
Besides such physical facts, details of feeding habits, migrations, speed of travel, etc. are given. We also follow the development of the various killing methods, from the hunter with his harpoon to the latest experiments with electrocution aided by Asdic and helicopters. There are details of changes in the shipping used, the rates of pay for whalers, the effects of new legislation in preserving species in fact almost every aspect of the vast whaling industry comes within the scope of this authoritative book.
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