Japan’s controversial whaling programme is in the news again this week with the whaling fleet’s departure for the Southern waters under the guise of a “scientific expedition”. The library has several books about whaling and the ongoing struggle to prevent it, such as Harpoon : into the heart of whaling, Troubled waters : the changing fortunes of whales and dolphins, and The whaling season : an inside account of the struggle to stop commercial whaling, or try the International Whaling Commission’s website for more information.
Though it is almost universally condemned nowadays, in early New Zealand whaling was one of the most important industries. For more information on New Zealand’s whaling history try the following –
- ‘There she blows’ : sealing and whaling days in New Zealand
- Sealers and whalers in New Zealand waters
- Heritage images of whaling and whaling stations from the libraries’ Photograph collection.