Whaling in South Africa

The practice of whaling in South Africa gained momentum at the start of the 19th century and ended in 1975.[1] By the mid-1960s, South Africa had depleted their population of fin whales, and subsequently those of sperm and sei whales, and had to resort to hunting the small and less-profitable minke whale.[2] Minke whales continued to be caught and brought to the Durban whaling station from 1968 until 1975.[3][4] South Africa comprehensively banned whaling in 1979.[2]


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  2. Pinchuck, Tony; McCrea, Barbara; Reid, Donald (2002). Rough Guide to South Africa, Lesotho & Swaziland. London: Rough Guides. p. 272. ISBN 9781858288536. Retrieved 8 August 2014.
  3. Horwood, Joseph (1990). Biology and Exploitation of the Minke Whale. Boca Raton, Fla.: CRC Press. ISBN 9780849360695.
  4. Jackson, Allan (January 2005). "Whaling in Durban". Facts About Durban. Archived from the original on 7 July 2014. Retrieved 14 July 2013.

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