The Location of Whales in the Antarctic

Quentin R. Walsh

in The Whaling Expedition of the Ulysses 1937–38

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780813034799
Published online September 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780813039688 | DOI:
The Location of Whales in the Antarctic

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Experience taught that heavy ice outside the Ross Sea indicated very few whales to be present in that body of water. Norwegian expeditions therefore did not force the pack but entered the Ross Sea only if mild conditions prevailed. The Japanese frequently worked that area. The blue whale was reported to be the only commercial species in the Ross Sea. It was believed that most of the expeditions working the Antarctic for 1937–38 were between 30° E and 130° E; the Japanese were believed to be either in or just outside the Ross Sea. Species of whales were located there within the restricted limits. However, it is possible to locate the areas within which whales could be found by looking at past records that indicated results over an extended period.

Keywords: Ross Sea; Norwegian expeditions; Japanese; blue whale; Antarctic

Chapter.  2083 words. 

Subjects: History of Science and Technology

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