Science: Whales & War

Tall, husky Zoologist Robert Cushman Murphy gets mad when he considers what human rapacity has done and is still doing to whales. Though he is officially Curator of Oceanic Birds at Manhattan's American Museum of Natural History, Dr. Murphy is an expert on whales & whaling. He fumes with invectives like "unalleviated carnage" and "butchered and rendered with horrible dispatch."

Most people think of the Moby Dick era as the heyday of whaling, but whaling did not actually reach slaughterhouse efficiency with floating factories and motor launch harpoon-gunning until the 20th Century. In the three centuries from 1620 to 1920 the average...

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