Iceland whaling station Hvalfjordur
Whale flensing like any form of butchery
is a messy and bloody process. The scale of the butchery makes for very
bloody and emotive pictures. A similar picture could be taken inside
a slaughter house anywhere in the world, it's just the size of the dead
animal that would differ. How pleasant a picture this is irrelevant
to the whale, the important part is that it is dead and how it died.
This is another odd subject for a postcard,
but that's what this picture is. The date is probably the 1950's or
1960's and is of shore flensing of a small whale by a flenser with the
traditional implement a long slightly curved blade 12-18" long on the
end of a 3-4ft handle.