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A whale would have been a right catch for a Roman fisherman | Letters

12.07.2018
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Far more likely the Romans merely exploited any dead whales found floating or cast ashore, suggests Pete Eiseman-RenyardThe researchers first quoted in your article (Romans had whale industry, research suggests, 11 July) have made a very bold extrapolation from very small evidence. I would agree with Dr Erica Rowan, cited towards the end of the piece, that one might expect documentary evidence if the Romans actually had a whaling industry. Far more likely they merely exploited any drift whales (dead whales found floating or cast ashore).Right whales (so called because they were the right whale to catch, being slow-swimming, floated once killed, and had a thick layer of blubber and a mouth full of baleen) certainly were exploited in the post-Roman period, and the Biscayan community had been rendered extinct by the Basque whalers by medieval times. Continue reading...
Zdroj: The Guardian

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