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THE WHALING IN COSTA DA MORTE

Por: Fernando Cabeza Quiles

THE WHALING IN COSTA DA MORTE

The gigantic fish seemed to like the violence of the Costa da Morte´s sea. The Licenciado Molina, in his Descripcion del Reyno de Galicia, written in 1550, refers to the dangerous Caion harbour and its abundance in whales. He relates that the enormous mammals came closer to these coasts due to the bravery of the sea and that .

The illustrious Andalusian also comments the profitability of its oil industry and the preferable time for the captures. The hunting took place mainly in the months of January and February.

THE WHALING IN COSTA DA MORTE

Cardinal Jeronimo del Hoyo observed that Bergantinos´ whaler season was in the cold months of the year. Athough. According to Carre Aldao, this population still conserves giant whale bones that were used as seats for the old sailors to rest.

THE WHALING IN COSTA DA MORTE

In Malpica some big whale bones were found while demolishing old houses.

According to the Sociedade Galega de Historia Natural, cetacean bones were used as beams for a mill in the surroundings.

Another fact about Malpica and whale hunting is the Malante island, whose highest part, called O Pico do Atalaieiro, points the presence of one or several atalaieros, the whale watchmen.

A REGUEIFA, Revista Cultural de Bergantiños
Year 1988, number 4

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