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The day Australia’s whaling harpoons stopped for good

Tuesday is the 40th anniversary of the death of the last whale harpooned in Australia.

  • Chris Pash
  • WAtoday

The female sperm whale was caught near the edge of the continental shelf in the Southern Ocean off Albany, Western Australia, by the Cheynes Beach Whaling Company.

The last whaling station then closed the next day: November 21, 1978.

The three whale chaser ships went out that day but returned empty-handed, spending the day firing harpoons in fun, and breaking out illicit beers, rather than hunting as they took local dignitaries on a…

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