Photo: An endangered whale shark awaits butchering at Lamalera.

The whaling village of Lamalera

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A “traditional” whaling village on the south coast of Lembata, Lamalerans are whaling today largely as they have for centuries and are resisting suggestions and government prodding to change their ways. Travellers may find a visit to Lamalera fascinating, confronting or a bit of both.

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The village is set across two bays (a related village, Lamalera B sits on higher ground before Lamalera proper) looking over the Savu Sea, a prime migratory route for sperm and blue whales. Orcas also pass by, while whale sharks, dolphins, pilot whales (a type of dolphin) and manta rays are also present in the area. Lamalera has an official whaling season which commences on May 1, running until the end ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 1,000 words.)

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