June 20, 2010 3:13 pm

It is Joe Mello’s first year as captain of the Leavitt Whaling crew. Moments after catching his first whale, Joe calls his family and other whaling crews, using the local vhf radio, to report the good news. When a whale is caught, it is customary to raise one flag on the ice and hang the other flag on the apex of the captain’s house in town, inviting all to come celebrate and eat. The crew will wait patiently as more than 60 family members and friends rush to their site and pull the bow-head onto the ice.

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