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Herman Melville’s Moby-Dick isn’t just a book that isn’t about whaling. In fact, it’s very much about whaling! It’s no wonder that one of the most celebrated of all novels takes as its setting a whaling vessel: killing whales for meat, oil, blubber, and skin is an age-old human endeavor that enjoyed relatively few procedural improvements until recent times. This audiobook, produced by iMinds and narrated by Luca James Lee, is a crisp and clear introduction to this dangerous, often profitable, and even more often ecologically hazardous practice. It can be listened to in about the time it takes to skin a salmon.

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Learn about the history of whaling with iMinds insightful audio knowledge series.The history of whaling is a fascinating look at international efforts to protect finite resources in international waters, otherwise known as common territory or commons.

While whaling can date back to 6000BC, large-scale whaling is thought to have commenced around the twelfth century with the Basques who killed a large number of right whales in the Bay of Biscay. Despite very primitive modes of slaughter, using hand-held harpoons and man-powered boats, they were believed to have depleted the local whale stocks within a century.

In the following centuries, even without significant technological improvements, whaling continued unchecked in the North Atlantic and resulted in the extinction of the gray whale and a significant reduction in the numbers of other species.

Perfect to listen to while commuting, exercising, shopping or cleaning the house.. iMinds brings knowledge to your MP3 with 8 minute information segments to whet your mental appetite and broaden your mind.

iMinds offers 12 main categories; become a Generalist by increasing your knowledge of Business, Politics, People, History, Pop Culture, Mystery, Crime, Culture, Religion, Concepts, Science and Sport. Clean and concise, crisp and engaging, discover what you never knew you were missing.

iMinds is the knowledge solution for the information age cutting through the white noise to give you quick, accurate knowledge .. Perfect your dinner party conversation, impress your boss - an excellent way to discover topics of interest for the future.

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"I'm learning all sorts of stuff about stuff I didn't even know I didn't know. And it sticks. In a nutshell: wonderful." (Jonathon Margolis, Financial Times)

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