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Basque Whalers

Preview Close-up of a 17th century painting shows how whales were brought ashore for processing and their blubber rendered into marketable oil.
(Richard Schlect/National Geographic Image Collection)

Close-up of a 17th century painting shows how whales were brought ashore for processing and their blubber rendered into marketable oil. More about the right whale can be found in our Tale of a Whale photo essay.