Whale Balance Toy
Nearly hunted to extinction, these huge ocean mammals are slowly recuperating from having been chased for centuries for their oil and meat. Whales still trek thousands of miles across the oceans between feeding grounds and areas where they mate and give birth. Today only a few remote native fishing villages are allowed to catch a few migrating whales. One of these is located on the island of Flores, Indonesia, another in Alaska. Both fishing tribes hunt with handheld harpoons thrown from indigenous craft.