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March 27, 2012
JOHN BLOGS FROM THE PEQUOD

Although I stand by my decision to sign on with this whaling crew — the experience will look great on my résumé — I admit to a certain ambivalence regarding the hunt. I guess we need whales for the oil and blubber and whatnot, but it seems cruel to chase these gentle giants halfway around the world, then set upon them with harpoons and hooks.

Who was the first person to discover the uses of whale oil? What was that guy's deal? We’re an inventive people, I’ll give you that.

Met the captain yesterday. Wow, high-strung!