"Skinning whale to get at blubber, Long Island Beach".
Shore processing in the shallows is an ideal solution for small scale
whaling by local communities that used the whales for their own purposes
rather than selling the products elsewhere. It continued well after
industrial whaling was established and still does in many places in
the world. Here is a scene from the turn of the century, late 1800's
to early 1900's.
Note the ropes that are on the whale. These will be
for anchoring the carcass, stripping off the blubber and for turning
the whale over as one side is processed.