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You may have heard of  the Sea Shepard Conservation Society and it’s vessel the Steve Irwin single-handedly taking on the Japanese whaling fleet in the Southern Ocean. In need of resupply, and after being denied entry into other harbors, it found a welcoming port in Hobart. Evident on the starboard bow is where it had collided with a whaler just weeks before.

Tasmania was a whaling center in the mid 1800’s, with hundreds of thousands of whales killed and processed for oil and baleen as they migrated to and from Antarctic waters. Even  today the bottom of bays where the butchery was carried out are strewn with bones and the sandy ground where the rendering sites were is black with ash from the fires.tas-0809-059tas-0809-057

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