whaling, the hunting of whales for the oil that can be rendered from their flesh, for meat, and for baleen (whalebone). Historically, whale oil was economically the most important.
Sections in this article:
- Modern Whaling
- Early Whaling
- Early Commercial Whaling
- Attempts at Regulation and Protection
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