Dead sperm whale on the deck of a factory ship

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Dead sperm whale on the deck of a factory ship
Photograph made of paper

Donated by Christian Salveson
Museum number 1968-89-1

This black and white photograph shows a dead sperm whale on the deck of a whaling factory ship. The head of the whale is toward the bottom of the photograph with its mouth open, showing the bottom row of teeth. There is a man at either side, both holding a long handled tool, presumably to begin the flensing process. Flensing means to strip the blubber from the whale so it can be boiled into oil.

Dead sperm whale on the deck of a factory ship
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