|Killer Whale Effigy in The Rooms, St. John's|
CBC: Orcas hunt minke whale off Newfoundland coast
CBC: Orcas kill minke whale in Trinity Bay
CBC: More video of orcas killing a whale
There are some pretty amazing moments in the videos, although the Department of Fisheries and Oceans has been reminding people to give the pods some space while they are hunting, and not pursue them in boats in search of a good video.
|Killer Whale Effigy from Port au Choix|
Much more recently, Shanawdithit, the last known Beothuk showed us what a Beothuk whale effigy looked like. Although we don't have a physical example of the piece, Shanawdithit illustrated a series of six "Totems? or Emblems of Mythology" belonging to the Beothuk. These six pieces were 6 foot long staffs, covered in red ochre and each mounted with a different figure. One of these figures was a whale tail, and in the notes on the drawing it is named and identified as "ow-as-posh-no-un? Emblematic of the Whales tail, considered the greatest prize by the hunter."
|Shanawdithit's drawings of Beothuk staffs - the second from the left is a whale tail|
|Whale Effigy from North Cove, Newfoundland|
|Maritime Archaic Indian Killer Whale|
1,6: Tim Rast
2: Jim Tuck, from The Newfoundland and Labrador Heritage Website
3: Drawing by Shanawdithit
4: Steve Hull
5: Steve Hull (I drew the smiley face and staff on Steve's Photo)