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The New Zealand Railways Magazine, Volume 5, Issue 6 (October 1, 1930)

Biggest Ever

Biggest Ever.

What is the largest and heaviest living creature? Those fearfully destructive Norwegian whalers supply the answer. The killers of a fleet last season in the southern seas got a whale a hundred and six feet in length; the average estimated weight of a whale is a ton to the foot length. And altogether that one Norse syndicate's haul for the season was 870 whales. Seems beyond all fair limits, doesn't it? And that a touch of a finger on a trigger should convert all that hundred tons of life and enormous energy into a mere mass of blubber seems a tragic thing. One would like to see the contest less one-sided. Now, if it were only possible to teach those big fish that union is strength and that if they would only make a concerted attack upon one whale-killer after another they would presently be left in peace! Any philo-whale New Zealander want to organise the tribe?