Thursday, April 24, 2014

{update} Visit to Nantucket

We went to Nantucket to look in the old whaling logbooks and learn more about historical sightings of right whales in the area.  The logbooks were surprisingly beautiful with intricate penmanship, and stamps to indicate days when a whale was taken. Most of the whaling that took place based on Nantucket was targeting sperm whales.

Some of the books in the Nantucket Historical Association Library. Photo by NOAA / NEFSC / Christin Khan

Fancy penmanship in an old whaling logbook on Nantucket. Photo by NOAA / NEFSC / Christin Khan

Stamp indicates when a sperm whale was landed in an old whaling logbook. Photo by NOAA / NEFSC / Christin Khan

Very old whaling logbooks from Nantucket Historical Association Library. Photo by NOAA / NEFSC / Christin Khan

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