Animals: Whale Slaughter

Whaling is not what it used to be in the days of Moby Dick. Stinking old sailing whalers have given way to stinking little steamers. Earringed harpooners have yielded to modern marksmen, who earn as much as $10,000 a season for shooting harpoons from a cannon. Instead of being dragged alongside, the whale is pulled aboard a "floating factory" ship and converted into oil right on the spot.

Of the world's 39 "floating factories," which annually take 3,000,000-odd barrels of whale oil, only two fly the U. S. flag. Smaller of the two...

Want the full story?

Subscribe Now

Subscribe
Subscribe

Get TIME the way you want it

  • One Week Digital Pass — $4.99
  • Monthly Pay-As-You-Go DIGITAL ACCESS$2.99
  • One Year ALL ACCESSJust $30!   Best Deal!
    Print Magazine + Digital Edition + Subscriber-only Content on TIME.com

Learn more about the benefits of being a TIME subscriber

If you are already a subscriber sign up — registration is free!