I’m not going to defend whale hunting on this blog. But neither am I going to support it. Personally, I would love a world in which whales were not hunted, but I’m not blind to how important whaling is in Greenland and to the majority of Greenlanders. It is also very different to the supposedly scientific whaling carried out by other countries for the sake of research.
Hmm, as Maratse would say.
However, if you’re interested in the Arctic you’re going to come across whaling in the history books, museums, in daily life, and when walking your dog on the sea ice.
I’ve mentioned the tiny lump of rock I dubbed Whale Island in an earlier blog. Well, this is why. when Nansen and I visited the island, he was spoiled for choice, grabbing one bone, before dropping it for a bigger one, only to find an even bigger one a few steps later.
I told him he couldn’t bring them home.
So he rolled in something instead! Perfect!