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British, Dutch and later American whalers ventured far out to sea after the mammals, killing and harvesting them for whale oil and other products.
Here’s another possible explanation: Between 1957 and 1981, whalers and pirates devastated the sperm whales of South America.
Rather 18th and 19th century whalers scoured the oceans for the massive beasts, who were valued for their meat and blubber, and noted each kill in ship logbooks.
Written by farmers, ministers, whalers and housewives between the 1660s and 1810s, the pages record infant deaths and Revolutionary troop movements as well as mundane land and livestock transactions.
Whalers nearly hunted it to extinction by the early 20th century.
A modest comeback of right whales in the 20th century was derailed when Soviet whalers in the 1960s ignored critically low numbers and illegally killed eastern stock right whales in the Gulf of Alaska, Clapham said.
The animals were hunted commercially by Yankee whalers from the mid-19th century until the beginning of the 20th century, decimating the population.
And that wasted money could be better used to protect other marine animals around the world, Watson said, instead of endlessly chasing Japanese whalers.
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