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By Michael Christie FRIGATE BAY, St. Kitts and Nevis (Reuters) - The United States said on Tuesday it would not be cutting any deals with Japan over Alaska's bowhead whale hunting quota as it prepares to host an international whaling group next year. U.S.
Whaling plays a central role in the Inupiat Eskimo culture. Every spring, whaling crews head out onto the thawing ice to catch a bowhead whale. Subsistence hunting is also a financial necessity for many residents in the northern reaches of Alaska.
Greenland asked an international whaling body on Saturday to examine whether it could extend whaling by its Inuit hunters to endangered humpbacks and bowheads, alarming environmentalists.
By Michael Christie FRIGATE BAY, St. Kitts and Nevis (Reuters) - Greenland asked an international whaling body on Saturday to examine whether it could extend whaling by its Inuit hunters to endangered humpbacks and bowheads, alarming environmentalists.
A new explosive has begun to replace 19th century black powder as Alaska Natives seek more humane weaponry in the traditional hunt for bowhead whales.
The Bowhead Whale (Balaena mysticetus), also known as Greenland Right Whale or Arctic Whale, is a marine mammal of the order Cetacea. It can grow to 20 m. (66 ft.), long. Description Bowhead whales large dark colored animals with no dorsal fin and a strongly bowed lower jaw and narrow upper jaw. The baleen plates, which are larger than three meters and the longest of the baleen whales, are used to strain tiny prey from the water. The whales have massive bony skulls which they use to...
The Gray Whale (Eschrichtius robustus), more recently called the Eastern Pacific Gray Whale, is a whale that travels between feeding and breeding grounds yearly. It reaches a length of about 52 ft (16 meters), can reach a weight of 36 tons and age of 50"“60 years. Gray Whales were once called devil fish because of their fighting behavior when they are hunted. The Gray Whale is the sole species in the genus Eschrichtius. This animal is one of the oldest species of mammals, having been on...
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