|From whale hunting in the nineteenth century, to whale protecting in the twentieth century and whale watching in the twenty first century the Azores islands and surrounding marine habitat have become a whale’s peaceful paradise. To get the flavor of the islands and appreciate these beautiful and peaceful animals, watch this video.
To learn about whaling in California by the Portuguese shore whalers from the 1850’s to early 1900’s, the majority of whom came from the Azores islands, please read our publication The Portuguese Shore Whalers of California, 1854-1904. By today’s standards, whaling is a cruel and heartless industry, pitting men and their equipment against these wonderful mammals of the sea. Yet whaling once played an important part in improving people’s standard of living in many areas of the world.