History of Whaling
Whaling is a practice that started thousands of years ago, going back to the Neolithic Period where Norwegians hunted killer whales. However as large scale whaling began in the 9th century, people developed new ways to hunt the whales such as herding them ashore, and soon there were even whaling stations that were positioned where the viking colonies of Greenland and Iceland were. As time went on whaling became more popular with the development of commercial whaling, due to the business it provided the country with. By 1712 the United States were hunting whales which later boosted the nation's economy. However, it was in the 1900's where there was most whaling due to technological developments such as introductions of harpoons and commercial whaling ships. This resulted in an increased whaling rate with three of the biggest commercial whalers being Japan, Norway and Iceland, with whale numbers being diminished to a dangerously low number. Because of this, nowadays many actions are taken to try to help rebuild the whale population.
Click the button above to go a timeline on the significant events of modern whaling between 1900 to now.