Trip to Trinidad Whaling Station, July-August 1926
Processing a Finback
A 60 foot finback was brought in last night & we watched it thru the process of disarticulation this morning, photographing such parts as we wanted for study. In about 3 hours the entire animal was in the cooking vats – bones and all. The stomach contained about 1 ½ tons of mackerel all about 10 inches in length. The sarcophagus [esophagus?] was less than 4” in diameter & stuffed with fish.
We had a pleasant chat with Mr. Fred Dedrick, manager of the plant this afternoon & he placed at our disposal this year’s records of captured whales. He says that after each season his company gives Dr. Evermann a complete tally of whales taken & has done so since 1920.
We set all our traps in a gulch north of town. They were placed along the stream course under roots & near the small rill of water.
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