362: Outside Whaling Station - Whale Bones

Long before Point Lobos became a State Reserve, Whalers Cove was a center of human activity. For centuries, the Native American Rumsien, and later the Spanish, used the wealth of resources found here. In the 1850ʼs Chinese fishermen, the first people known to live full-time at Point Lobos, built the Whalers Cabin.

 

Now a museum of cultural history, the cabin houses displays that showcase the ethnic diversity and varied enterprises of early settlers from Asia, Europe, and the U.S. The Whaling Station museum beside the cabin features the whalersʼ lives and work and some surprising facts about whales. The bones you see in the surrounding outside area are from different species of whales.  Some whales are known as baleen whales including blue, humpback and gray whales. This refers to the fact that they have special bristle-like structures in their mouths, called baleen, that strains food from the water. Other whales, such as beluga or sperm whales, have teeth.

 

Take a look around! A brochure with more information is available in the cabin where you will meet a volunteer docent who can answer your questions.


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