Sunday, November 22, 2009

Whale Chart

Saw this whale chart in the Boston Public Library. It is difficult to photograph because the colors are so faint and the print so small. Basically, it is a 19th c. water color of the whale highway in the Pacific Ocean. The different colors represent the breed of whale and their migration patterns and the time of year they were expected to arrive in those waters. The Cape of Massachusetts had many small towns on the coast where whalers would bring their catch in. Now these towns are very charming summer resorts.

2 comments:

Jacob said...

And the whales are disappearing from what I've been reading. I love the stories of the New England whale hunters, though. That was an extremely dangerous way to make a living!

Vogon Poet said...

The few things I know about the coast of New England are all related to books and most of them about whaling... I am more comfortable with the new destination of these towns.