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Museu Da Indústria Baleeira

I’m on vacation right now within the “vacation,” which means I don’t work exceptionally, and I came for a week to the island of Pico, where there’s hardly any phone / internet signal strength, luckily.
The plane was “only” pushed twice by a few hours, and for the third time I managed to be more than an hour late, so I arrived after 11 in the evening instead of 4 in the afternoon. This is normal around here.

Pico is simply meaning “a peak”, given that this island has the highest peak in all of Portugal, the Pico Mountain itself, with its 2,351 meters. But we’ll get back to that.

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Here only a few pictures come here of a whale processing plant that operated on the island between 1942 and 1984 and has been operating as a museum ever since; hunting has since been banned.

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In front of the museum, a statue commemorates the industry.

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In the small town, the streets are also decorated with whales.

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A nice figure shows which ramp was used to dragged them in and then them cut up.

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Here:

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Quite precisely, we are talking about the Sperm Whale. The jawbone is 4 meters long and 300 kilograms.

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Here is the liver grinder. Enjoy your meal…

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All the cartilage in the whale was processed, even their bones crushed to a floury fineness, but I can’t imagine what it was used for; perhaps mixed with plaster.