Saturday, May 14, 2011
Albany's Whale World
Albany has had a long history with whaling. Starting back in the early 19th century whalers hunted southern right whales, humpback whales, and sperm whales (picture on rightside) to near extinction. Whales were processed into an abundance of products - lamp oil, transmission fluid, ambergrise in perfumes, fertilizers, meat for animal and human consumption, baleen products, cosmetics, aircraft engine oil, ivory and bone products. The last company ceased operations in 1979 and now the facility is an outdoor museum. The old oil storage tanks are now turned into 4 theatres with 4 distinct visual presentations - 3D whale movie, sharks film on a thin screen with artifacts behind, a whaling story watched on the floor, and a unusual spectravision with stationary pieces and 3D talking hologram narrators. Well worth the visit which included a hour long tour guide walk and talk.