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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 4, Issue 9 (January 1, 1930)



The shorewhalers and offshore hunters go whaling in fast and powerful motor launches with bomb-guns, and there is a small steam whaler operating out of Whangamumu, North New Zealand. But the humpback whale is as a rule the only big game killed—the sperm whales are practically extinct, and only now and again is a right whale killed—the kind that has the valuable whalebone in its mouth (the stuff when cut out looks like long black slabs with hairy edges). The people who are making big money out of our Southern Ocean whales are the Norwegians, whose operations on a huge scale are nothing less than a wholesale massacre. Soon there will be no more whales, say the few old-timers of the Coast, wagging their white whiskers.