The World Of The Whaling Industry Essay

1119 Words Dec 10th, 2016 5 Pages
Popular culture takes many forms such as literature, movies, novelties, clothing and fads, and live entertainment. American popular culture has changed over time along with its representation of animals. Animals have been depicted as threats, victims, national symbols, celebrities and companions. Their depictions are dependent on time, place, and historical context.
The whale is a prompt example of how the representation of animals may change over time, history and location. In the 19th century, the whaling industry was huge in both the Atlantic and the Pacific Oceans (Fan 11/30). They were exploited for their blubber and baleen (bone) which were used in the production of candles, lubricants for machines, corsets, umbrellas and hairbrushes (Fan 11/30). The United States used to be the number one whaling industry in the world. Whale hunting was dangerous, it would take days to exhaust the giant animal and the risk of both abiotic and biotic factors was high (Fan 11/30). In 1851, Herman Melville published his classic Moby-Dick. The book depicts whales as powerful and dangerous threats.
Transversely, whales today are depicted as victims and even friends to humans. The emergence of aquariums and animal exhibiting theme parks originated in the 19th century as a way to educate, entertain and demonstrate imperialistic power. SeaWorld, a famous theme park obtained their first orca whale in 1960 (Blackfish 2013). Orcas were used as pawns to entertainment, their performances…

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