National Geographic : 1976 Dec
S In love with leviathans, a group of conservationists in Mendocino, California, led by Byrd Baker (right), fights to stop the killing of whales off the coast by Japanese and Soviet ships. As a symbol of the whales' peril, Byrd carves one out of a huge log (above). Their cause has sprouted jacket patches (topleft), whale belt buckles (left), and other ornaments. In contrast, one of the first recorded pieces of scrimshaw, done in 1828 aboard the whaler Susan, bears this in scription: "Death to the living, long life to the killers, Success to sailors wives & greasy luck to whalers."