Inuit Whaling

Inuit whaling is an old tradition.

Inuits are native Eskimo people of Greenland and north Canada.

Eskimos Launching Whaling Boat - Alaska
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Like many other people they traditionally depended on whaling and catching fish and other food from the sea.

They traditionally hunted bowhead whales, but as they were only locally consumed, this did not threaten the whales populations.

When the worldwide whaling diminished the populations of bowheads to nearly non-existent, Inuit eskimos had to start hunting other animals.

Today, the Greenland Inuits take fin and minke whales for local consumption, while Canadian Inuits take mainly belugas and narwhals.

The whaling is community based, whalers have to be licensed, and the sale of any products ir regulated and monitored.

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