Whaling in America

Whaling in America is an old tradition.

Traditionally, some native people such as makahs and inuits hunted whales and dolphins for local consumption.

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They did not overwhale the waters as did the later large-scale commercial whaling which started with Europeans.

That whaling was brought to America in 1700s.

The peak was in mid-1800s when over 700 American whaling ships were registered.

They also visited other waters such as Africa and Australia.

Soon after that whale numbers started to drop and slowly but surely the whaling started to diminish in the early 1900s, when alternatives were found for whale products, particularly the whale oil.

The last whale was killed by Americans commercially in 1921. Today America is one of the great anti-whaling countries.

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