some native people such as makahs
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
The peak was in mid-1800s when over 700 American whaling ships
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.