|Cetaceans and Belgian whalers: a brief historical review|
Charlier, R.H. (2004). Cetaceans and Belgian whalers: a brief historical review, in: Morcos, S. et al. (Ed.) Ocean sciences bridging the millennia: a spectrum of historical accounts. pp. 385-397
In: Morcos, S. et al. (Ed.) (2004). Ocean sciences bridging the millennia: a spectrum of historical accounts. China Ocean Press/UNESCO: Paris. ISBN 7-5027-6119-5. XXI, 507 pp., more
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cetaceans; fossils; whaling
Whaling has played a rather important role in the economic and trade development of residents of the coasts of Flanders, from contemporary Zeeland to the confines of Picardy. Despite the fact that these activities ceased several centuries ago, their memories survive in historical documents, coats of arms and a reviving interest for cetaceans. Antwerp has perhaps the world's richest trove of fossil cetaceans. Although not uncommon, sightings of the marine mammals are infrequent along the Belgian segment of the North Sea coast.