Regulatory News


A documentary that has just been released shows that whales played an important role in the development of the city of Rio de Janeiro. Between the 17th and 18th centuries, a time when the city was still being settled, it became a whaling center, where the whales were killed in order to extract their oil. Each whale produced on average between 5000 and 8000 liters of oil, and what was not used in street lighting was used to prepare a mortar used in construction.

Historical accounts indicate that in just one season more than 200 whales were slaughtered. The most common species was the southern right whale, which has not been sighted on the Rio de Janeiro coast for at least a decade.

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