'This is about survival': The Indonesian clan still harpooning sperm whales to feed their families because the alternative is to starve | WHAT REALLY HAPPENED


'This is about survival': The Indonesian clan still harpooning sperm whales to feed their families because the alternative is to starve

The pictures, show a hunt on the islet of Lembata in the remote Indonesian province of Nusa Tenggara Timur, where the villagers are said to have been spearing sperm whales by hand for at least six centuries.

In the images, taken by Swiss photographer Claudio Seber, hunters can be seen brandishing spears and diving into the water to catch and kill the whales as dozens of others haul them ashore.

The fishermen use huge wooden spears to impale the giant whales. After they are caught the crew members carve them up by the water's edge in a bloody ceremony.

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