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Armed with hooked metal blades mounted on wooden poles, six men swarm around the body of the 50-tonne fin whale like worker ants. One man climbs atop the whale, putting him three meters above the concrete floor, and makes a deep slice along the length of its body. His coworkers peel back the skin and underlying blubber, exposing a 13-meter-long fillet of flesh.
Once stripped off the bone, the choice cuts of meat will be chopped into mailbox-sized chunks, flash-frozen, and eventually sold as mink food under the brand Moby Dick.
Everything in this film footage, including the men, is painted the same bloody shade of crimson.
In 1954, the year the scene was shot, 150 fin whales were killed for their oil and flesh in the waters off the northwest coast of Vancouver Island, British Columbia.
Blow the Wild Whale recounts the early days of whale hunting and processing at the whaling station in Coal Harbour, an isolated community about 350 kilometers northwest of…

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