It’s unfortunate that Japan and Norway still hunt and kill whales. By the middle of the 19th century these magnificent creatures were almost wiped from the planet’s oceans as they were relentlessly hunted in all the known oceans of the world.  Their oil was used for lamps, for lubrication and for use in soap and margarine. Whale bones added stiffness to women’s fashionable clothing of the time and were also used for hut building and art. Fortunately for the survival of the world’s whale populations, petroleum began to replace whale oil and by the start of the 20th century the mass slaughter of whales ended. However, whaling continued in New Zealand until 1964 when the working life of the country’s last shore based whaling station finally ended. (thank goodness) read more