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NOAA Photo Library Image - fish9859

At a processing facility the carcass of the whale is stripped of its outer layer of fat, or blubber. Cuts are made with sharp knives along the length of the body, and the whole strip is then peeled off by power winch. This is called flensing.

Image ID: fish9859, NOAA's Historic Fisheries Collection
Location: Canada, British Columbia, Coal Harbor
Photo Date: 1951 August
Credit: NOAA Central Library Historical Fisheries Collection

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