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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 that were whaling the Alaskan coast for 2,000 years. inside many years, nearly the full Pacific fleet got here north every one June to discover a course throughout the melting ice, and the Inuit method of whaling�in truth, their whole livelihood�would be eternally replaced. Baleen used to be worthy approximately $5 a pound. however the new buying and selling posts introduced weapons, alcohol, and sickness. 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 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, entire villages most likely couldn't continue to exist as they've got for centuries.

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