Dispatches

The Right Whale

the right whale got its name from being...

Our tour of the Red Bay National Historic Site of Canada was enlightening, the Basque whaling community, hailing from the Basque region of northern Spain and southern France, represented the first commercial whalers, and their savvy hunting of the Right Whale made them quite wealthy; so long as they didn't sink or get scurvy!

Interestingly enough, the right whale got its name from being the right whale to hunt. Why? Because it had lots of fat (from which they made oil), it was easy to catch, and it didn't sink when captured. My favourite part of the tour was listening to the stories of a Basque whaler on Saddle Island, he was fabulous in transporting us back to how life used to be in this stunning region.

Aug. 30, 2012, 9:50 a.m.