[SOST] European Whalers and Sealers


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  • Sealing
  • I'm a sealer from Europe. One of many others. We hunted seals in New Zealand some time before 1300 AD.
  • Sealing
  • We hunted mainly fur seals for their delicious meat, skins for clothing and teeth for fish hooks. We killed them with clubs. After we killed the seals, we would skin them and hang them to dry.
  • Sealing
  • Life was hard for us, though. We lived in caves or under boats, and ate only hard biscuits, seal meat and fish.
  • Whaling
  • I'm a whaler. My crew and I started hunting whales in 1791. Most of us whalers were Maori. A few years later Europeans joined us with whaling.
  • Whaling
  • We hunted sperm whales, humpbacks and southern right whales for their oil, baleen and ambergris. Oil were for lamps and machinery, baleen for weapons like whips, and ambergris for perfume.
  • Whaling
  • Whaling was very tough, and so usually the male Maori were the ones to catch the whales. Us Maori whalers teamed up with Europeans so we could provide them resources, basic knowledge, companionship and labour and to ensure safety. We realized the economic benefits we could get from them.
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