Date of Award

2009

Document Type

Thesis

Department

Biology

First Advisor

Dr. Tim Knight

Second Advisor

Dr. Jim Taylor

Third Advisor

Dr. Kevin C. Motl

Abstract

Historical evidence shows that whale hunting by humans has been occurring for millennia. We are still finding evidence of early whaling cultures. In May 2007, a group of Alaskan Eskimos were butchering a 50-ton bowhead whale they had caught, when they found the barb of a 19th century whaling harpoon wedged in its bones (Dolin, 2007).

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