World Whaling History Project

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World Whaling History Project

People have been whaling for at least a millennium, pursuing all kinds of whales in all parts of the world.  While many aspects of the history of whaling have been described in great detail, the history of the effects of whaling on the whales themselves has not received sufficient attention.  The World Whaling History project is focused on describing the effects that whaling has had on populations of whales over the centuries and throughout the world’s oceans.

World Whaling History began in 2001 as part of the History of Marine Animal Populations (HMAP) project (, which is itself part of the much larger Census of Marine Life (  Researchers associated with World Whaling History have produced a number of scientific and historical documents based on historical data that we have collected, drawing in most cases from their extensive previous experience with this field.


Tim D. Smith

World Whaling History

1774 Sterling Drive

Redding, CA 96003