• Short Summary

    IN PACIFIC WATERS OFF PERU, A JAPANESE WHALER SETS OFF IN PURSUIT OF ITS MAMMOTH CATCH.

  • Description

    1.
    LV WHALER AILING OUT TO SEA.
    0.05

    2.
    SV SIDE OF SHIP AND BUOYS.
    0.08

    3.
    SV CREW MEMBERS CLIMB TO CROW'S NEST
    0.13

    4.
    MV GUNNER AT BOW.
    0.14

    5.
    CU MOUNTED HARPOON GUN.
    0.17

    6.
    LV WHALE AT SEA
    0.21

    7.
    SV LOOK OUT IN CROWS NEST.
    0.22

    8.
    GTV HARPOON FIRED.
    0.27

    9.
    CU & GTV HARPOONED WHALE (3 SHOTS)
    0.35

    10.
    GV & SV... BLEEDING WHALE BROUGHT ALONGSIDE SHIP. (2 SHOTS)
    0.46

    11.
    SV WHALE SET ADRIFT WITH MARKER BUOY.
    0.51

    12.
    SV CREW MEMBERS PULLING LINE ABOARD AND FIXING HARPOON. (2 SHOTS)
    1.00

    13.
    SV LOOK OUT WITH BINOCULARS.
    1.01

    14.
    LV WHALE AND MARKER BUOY.
    1.05

    15.
    GV & SV WHALE BROUGHT ALONGSIDE AND CUT OPEN (5 SHOTS)
    1.28

    16.
    GV & SV LINE FASTENED TO TAIL FIN. (2 SHOTS)
    1.34

    17.
    GV WHALE TOWED FROM WHALER
    1.44

    18.
    SV & GV WHALE CARCASS BEING WINCHED UP RAMP TO FACTORY. (2 SHOTS)
    1.49

    19.
    SV & GV CARCASS BLUBBER STRIPPED FROM WHALE AND SLID DOWN TO FURNACE. (3 SHOTS)
    1.58

    20.
    GV CARCASS BEING CUT UP.
    2.05



    Initials CO.16.37 TH/CO



    Script is copyright Reuters Limited. All rights reserved

    Background: IN PACIFIC WATERS OFF PERU, A JAPANESE WHALER SETS OFF IN PURSUIT OF ITS MAMMOTH CATCH. WHALING HASN'T CHANGED MUCH IN CONCEPT SINCE THE DAY'S OF SAIL. FIRST FIND YOUR WHALE, THEN TRY TO HARPOON HIM. BUT, THOUGH IT CAN STILL BE A TOUCH AND DANGEROUS LIFE, SUCH SOPHISTICATED EQUIPMENT AS HARPOON GUNS AND RADAR HAVE MADE THE TASK SIMPLER AND LESS ARDUOUS.

    THIS FILM WAS SHOT DURING AN END-OF SEASON CRUISE. THE WHALES MAY BE HUNTED FROM SEPTEMBER UNTIL MAY. THE JAPANESE TOOK OVER A NORWEGIAN COMPANY BASED IN PERU THREE YEARS AGO, AND THEY CURRENTLY OPERATE FOUR WHALERS ACCOUNTING FOR A TOTAL CATCH OF ABOUT 2,00 WHALES DURING A SEASON.

    SYNOPSIS: IN PACIFIC WATERS OFF PERU, A JAPANESE WHALER SETS OFF IN PURSUIT OF ITS PREY -- THE GIANT SPERM WHALE.

    FIRST FIND YOUR WHALE, THE IN CATCH IT. WHALING HASN'T CHANGED MUCH IN CONCEPT SINCE THE HEROIC DAYS OF SAIL. BUT MODERN REFINEMENTS LIKE RADAR AND THE HARPOON GUN MAKE THE WHALER'S LIFE LESS DANGEROUS, LESS ARDUOUS THAN IN THE OLD DAYS.

    THE HARPOONED WHALE IS BROUGHT ALONGSIDE THE SHIP AND FINISHED OFF. THEN IT WILL BE CAST ADRIFT, MARKED BY A BUOY AND RADAR TRACKING MAST, TO ASSIST IN SUBSEQUENT RELOCATION. THE JAPANESE FIRST STARTED OPERATING FROM A BASE IN PERU THREE YEARS AGO, AFTER TAKING OVER A NORWEGIAN COMPANY THERE. NOW THEY HUNT THE COLD WATERS OFF THE PERU COAST -- THE FEEDING GROUND OF THE SPERM WHALES -- AND THEIR FOUR WHIPS RECKON TO TAKE AN ANNUAL CATCH OF ABOUT TWO THOUSAND WHALES.

    EACH CRUISE CAN TAKE THE WHALERS UP TO TWO-HUNDRED MILES OUT TO SEA THE CRUISE ENDS WITH THE SHIPS TRACKING DOWN THE RADAR MARKERS AND TAKING THE SPEARED WHALES INTO TOW. THE SHIPS, CAPABLE OF EIGHTEEN KNOTS, OFTEN BRING BACK A CATCH OF AS MANY AS TWENTY WHALES DURING THE HEIGHT OF THE SEASON, WHICH RUNS FROM SEPTEMBER TO MAY. ALL WHALES HUNTED HAVE TO BE MATURE SPECIMENS.

    BACK AT THE FACTORY, THE WHALE CARCASSES ARE WINCHED INSIDE. SPERM WHALES ARE USELESS FOR MEAT. THEY ARE PROCESSED PRIMARILY FOR THEY ARE PROCESSED PRIMARILY FOR OIL, THOUGH MEAL IS ALSO MAE FROM THE CARCASSES. AT PRESENT, THE WHALERS ARE LIMITED TO TAKING SPERM WHALES SINCE BLUE WHALES ARE PROTECTED BY A CONSERVATION BAN.

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  • Data

    Film ID:
    VLVA6SXSU76URPQIVJJHR7QTYK1S1
    Media URN:
    VLVA6SXSU76URPQIVJJHR7QTYK1S1
    Group:
    Reuters - Source to be Verified
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    02/05/1971
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:02:05:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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