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By Dale Vinnedge

In 1850, advertisement whaling ships entered the Bering Sea for the 1st time. There, they discovered the summer time grounds of bowhead whales, in addition to neighborhood Inuit those who have been whaling the Alaskan coast for 2,000 years. inside many years, virtually the total Pacific fleet got here north every one June to discover a course throughout the melting ice, and the Inuit means of whaling�in truth, their complete livelihood�would be endlessly replaced. Baleen was once worthy approximately $5 a pound. however the new buying and selling posts introduced weapons, alcohol, and affliction. In 1905, a brand new form of whaling utilizing smooth metal whale-catchers and harpoon cannons seemed alongside the Alaskan coast. but the Inuit and Inupiat proceed whaling this present day from nearly 15 small cities scattered alongside the Arctic Ocean and the Bering Strait. Whaling for those humans is a life-or-death proposition in a land thought of uninhabitable through many, for with out the whale, complete villages most likely couldn't live to tell the tale as they've got for centuries.

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