National Geographic : 1940 Jan
THE NATIONAL GEOGRAPHIC MAGAZINE Photograph by Lieut. Q. R. Walsh, G. S. Coast Guard HAULING A WHALE ABOARD SHIP WOULD HAVE ASTONISHED OLD-TIMERS A Humpback is being pulled directly out of the ocean up the slipway at the stern of the factory ship Ulysses. Then it will be cut up and processed into oil and other by-products. A two ton steel claw clamps on to the whale's tail, making it possible to haul carcasses on board the ship with a steam winch. Prior to its use, in bad weather or when the ship was rolling, whalers were sometimes drowned when they attempted to loop wire cables around the tail flukes. Morris 1). Miller WHALES, LIKE SHIPS, GET BARNACLES ON THEIR BOTTOMS! This close-up shows parasites an inch or more in diameter on a Humpback Whale. They attach themselves "just for the ride," and pick up tiny organisms for food as the whale swims along. Barnacles are colored delicate shades of pink, blue, and lavender. Whales sometimes come into shallow water in an apparent effort to rub them off. The pointer indicates one of the "lice" or para sitic copepods which infest whales. They are reddish, spiderlike creatures as large as a thumbnail.