Tuesday, March 01, 2011

More About Whales

From Pat Garber's 1995 book, Ocracoke Wild:

"North Carolina used to have the largerst whaling industry south of New Jersey, with whalers operating out of Shackleford and Bogue Banks and, to some extent, Ocracoke and Hatteras Islands....[D]ocuments indicate that whaling expeditions began targeting whales off the coast of North Carolina in the 1660s....

"These once bountiful, playful, and intelligent creatures have been hunted to the point of extinction. There are only an estimated 300 northern right whales left, and in spite of international laws that protect them, it is uncertain whether they can recover."

This winter there have been more whale sightings than I can ever remember from Ocracoke's beach. Perhaps these wonderful animals have made a comeback in the sixteen years since Pat wrote her book. We can only hope.

Our latest Ocracoke Newsletter is the story of a 1911 wedding on Portsmouth Island. You can read it here: http://www.villagecraftsmen.com/news022111.htm.

1 comment:

  1. reggie1:39 PM

    At Julie's garage sale at the deep water theatre we found a charming little whale stamp print in red. We were told that Philip had created this print by using some stamps he had carved of small whales. We were also told that this was how they counted whales (with the stamps) since most couldn't read or write. There are 3 different whale shapes. It is a signed piece, and we are very proud to have it. Thanks, Philip