Many whales are endangered largely due to the past era of commercial whaling when whales once were valued almost entirely for the goods they could provide, such as:
- their meat (Roman et al, 2014)
- to make pet food
- sinews for tennis racquet strings
- oil from the blubber of whales
- manufacturing lipstick
- stays and supports for ladies underwear
- spermaceti, a waxy substance located in the head cavities of sperm whales, used in candles, ointments, and industrial lubricants
- a waxy substance called ambergris, from a sperm whale's digestive system, used in making perfume (The Marine Mammal Centre, n.d.)
- manufacture of nitroglycerine,
- baleen or whalebone for its flexibility and strength (Roman et al, 2014)
- fishing rods
- street lamps
- machinery (Pearce, 2010).
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