Harpooning a whale

With simple wooden boats and hand-made weapons, the whalers seem ill-prepared for battle, but this is how whale hunting’s been done for six hundred years off the small Indonesian island of Lembata. After an epic eight hour battle the whale slowly tires and a final cut through its backbone is made. The death of a whale may be sad to us, but one catch can feed a village for months. This small scale hunt on Lembata doesn’t threaten whale numbers in these oceans.

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