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Published May 16th 2012
In the 1840s, whale hunting was in full swing on the far NSW south coast town of Eden. Baleen whales were a highly sought after commodity; their blubber rendered down for lamp oil and their baleen, or 'whale bone' used to make corsets, buggy whips and toys. The hunting of whales was not unusual at this time in history, but the big difference in Eden was how it was done.
Pods of Killer Whales, or Orca to give them their 'nicer' name, would actually go with the whale hunter humans and help trap the baleen whales out at sea. The human hunters would let the Orca have their share of the whale - usually the tongue and lips (yuk!) and the humans got the rest to bring back to shore for processing.
The Eden Killer Whale Museum is hailed as one of the most progressive and innovative museums in regional NSW. In operation for over 80 years and housing an exhaustive collection of old photos, videos, interactive displays and the most interesting snippets of history I've ever read in a museum.