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Definition of whaling

: the occupation of catching and extracting commercial products from whales

Examples of whaling in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web By the 1930s, when the first Pacific Coast protections were launched, 75 years of industrial whaling had left only perhaps 1,000 gray whales alive. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 July 2022 The whale bones at the Old Town Oalgi Site near Point Hope marked the spots where residents used to celebrate whaling feasts thousands of years ago. Alena Naiden, Anchorage Daily News, 14 July 2022 Because of Provincetown’s years as a major whaling and fishing center, the jumble of sunken bits and pieces that have been churned up amount to a rich soup that tells the story of the town. Jura Koncius, Washington Post, 16 June 2022 Less than 100 years ago the whaling business was thriving, the continent’s bay swirled with red water, and whales were almost hunted to extinction. Mary Holland, Robb Report, 1 May 2022 Throughout, Emotional Eternal maintains a tricky balancing act, gliding by with a deceptive, winding ease even as its battalion of hooks – small, medium, whaling-size – sink in and draw blood. Raymond Cummings, SPIN, 29 Apr. 2022 While whaling has been banned in most countries with the exception of Japan, Iceland and Norway, whales are still struggling with climate change. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 8 Nov. 2021 And those Atlantic whales may have been fading before the whaling industry emerged. Brian Handwerk, Smithsonian Magazine, 19 July 2022 By the time a commercial whaling ban went into effect about 40 years ago, it was estimated that just 1 to 2 percent of fin whales survived. Catherine Garcia, The Week, 14 July 2022 See More

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First Known Use of whaling

1688, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of whaling was in 1688

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15 Aug 2022

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“Whaling.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/whaling. Accessed 16 Aug. 2022.

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