Melville was a brilliant writer, blending Biblical and Shakespearian
prose to describe his experiences in the Navy and on commercial whaling
ships of the time.
novel by Herman
Melville in 1851, is the first of the $Billion
Dollar Whales. Where the book sales, relating to Moby-Dick
must be added to the adaptations for films and graphic novels, to reap a
tidy sum for all of those involved is such productions.
Dick was based on a real life sperm whale called Mocha
Dick, that sank around 20 ships before finally being killed in 1838.
the Essex was sunk by a whale matching the description of Mocha
Dick, but then in 1851,
the Ann Alexander was rammed and sunk by another sperm
fictional account of whaling in Moby
Dick, amounts to a comprehensive
picture of whaling before petroleum
oil was discovered so as to make
IWC is a voluntary
international organization and is not backed up by treaty, therefore,
the IWC has substantial practical limitations on its authority. First,
any member countries are free to simply leave the organization and
declare themselves not bound by it if they so wish. Second, any member
state may opt out of any specific IWC regulation by lodging a formal
objection to it within 90 days of the regulation coming into force (such
provisions are common in international agreements, on the logic that it
is preferable to have parties remain within the agreements than opt out
altogether). Third, the IWC has no ability to enforce any of its
decisions through penalty imposition.
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