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Whale Bones - 9 - Gåshamna, Hornsund, Svalbard

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The remains of a bowhead whale skull. These pieces are resting half way up a mound that is all that remains of a "blubber oven" where the oils was rendered from whales, the fires being fuelled by whale skin, bone and any other pieces that were not directly useful.

Such large pieces would presumably have been too large to fi into the oven themselves, they seem to have been left around the ovens, possibly adding to the structure with their bulk.


76° 56.7' N, 15° 49.9' E

Picture copyright Paul Ward

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