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20-Ton Canaries: The Great Whales of the North Atlantic (Keynote)

20-Ton Canaries: The Great Whales of the North Atlantic (Keynote)

This video was recorded at MIT World Series: 2008 MIT Sea Grant Lecture and Symposium. This two-part lecture provides a brief illustrated journey through our whaling past, and the heart-breaking current story of the North Atlantic right whale. Using many slides, author Eric Jay Dolin recaps highlights from his recent book, Leviathan. Among the tidbits, we learn that Captain John Smith (of Jamestown fame) came to Maine and Massachusetts in 1614 to hunt for whales (with a sideline in gold and silver). It was a bust, like some of his other ventures. The next settlers had more luck, harvesting dead whales that drifted ashore. Through the next century, colonists mastered offshore whaling, and ultimately more than half the income New England earned from selling products to England was derived... Show More


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