What Do We Get From Whales?


At the one time, whaling was quite an important industry. To most of us, the idea of hunting for whales must seem a little strange. What can we get from this huge creature that can be useful to us?

Well, the number of valiable products that come from whales is amazing. The blubber of the whale (an oil-filled layer of tissue under the skin) provides excellent oil. The oil is used for lighting in certain parts of the world and is often used in making soap.

Many whales furnish good meat to eat. Fertilizer is made from their ground flesh and bones. From the sperm whale comes spermaceti, an oil found in the cavity of the head. It is used in making ointments, candles, and cosmetics.



Also from the sprem whale comes ambergris, a very valuable substance produced by the intestine, which is used in making perfume. The teeth of the sperm whale comes and the tusk of the narwhal whale are both of valuable ivory.

And the skin of the white whales are mammals that have learned to live in the water? They are descended from mammals that once lived on land. In fact they still have the bones of a five-fingered hand covered by the skin and flesh of their flippers.

Some whales even have the bones of hind legs down in their flesh. But during the many thousands of years they have been living in the water, they have adapted themselves very well to this life.

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