Everything on whales is the reason why they are treasures
Whales are full of treasures and have important economic value. Its huge body provides people with a large amount of whale meat, whale oil and other products. A blue whale of about 100 tons is worth 10,000 US dollars. Whale meat accounts for about half of the whale’s body weight. In addition to being ground into meal for feed or fattening, it can also be used for human consumption after processing. It is rich in protein and has high nutritional value. Food stores in countries such as Norway and Japan offer fresh whale meat and canned whale meat. People who study food in Japan believe that whale meat tastes better than beef and is one of the delicious foods in the world. Japan also uses whale meat as raw material to process it into man-made fibers.
Whale blubber is an animal oil that is very rich in synthetic fat. It not only contains a large amount of glycerin, it can be used in the processing of nitroglycerin and cigarettes in synthetic explosives, but also can be used to make soap and refine high-grade lubricants. The lowest fatty acid content in whale blubber is less than 2%, and the highest is about 30%. The lighter the blubber, the higher the quality. More than 40 tons of oil can be obtained from a 120-ton blue whale. This amount of fat is equivalent to the lard taken from thousands of fat pigs. Whale blubber can be processed into edible margarine through hydrogenation treatment.
There are many other uses for whale blubber. It can make candles and oil paints. It is also used in the steelmaking and tanning industries. Because the viscosity of whale oil does not change at high temperatures, it is used as lubricating oil for some precision instruments. For example, sperm whale oil can be used to refine industrial oil and spermaceti. Whale oil is taken from the head of a sperm whale. With its high melting point, it can be used to make cosmetics and can be processed into candles.
Ambergris has been considered a high-grade spice since ancient times, with prices ranging from 100 dollars to hundreds of dollars per kilogram. The source of this high-grade spice has always been a secret that people can guess. In fact, it is only a waste product accumulated in the stomach of the sperm whale after suffering from indigestion. What’s interesting is that such a behemoth can suffer from indigestion, and the indigestion in the stomach has become a rare high-grade spice. Ambergris is an unsurprising waxy substance with grayish yellow, dark gray or slightly brownish appearance. It first emerges from the body, smells unpleasant, and becomes amber after drying. It can be ignited by fire, flame blue, and fragrant. Overflowing, the taste is the same as musk. This natural spice varies in size and shape, ranging from tens of grams to 400 kilograms. Because of its wide usage and peculiar smell, it is called “floating gold”. Its specific gravity is only 0.9, and its melting point is about 60°C. It can be dissolved in alcohol. Ambergris has been used as a high-grade raw material for the manufacture of fragrances and stimulants in the past, but it was gradually used to make popular cosmetics such as vanishing creams and lipsticks.
In addition, the whale cortex is soft and surface. It has fluff, leather belt pattern, suitable for making clothes or purses. Whale fins can be used as umbrella covers, bras, bow ties and cigarette cases. The ovaries of whales are also the raw material for a special drug called “Progestin”-progesterone (especially progesterone). Whale manure and bone meal are fertilizers rich in ammonia and phosphorus. Bone glue can also be extracted from whale bones and used as raw material for processing photographic film. Whale liver contains very rich vitamins A and D. The liver of a sperm whale often weighs 400 kilograms, and its content of vitamin A is equivalent to 100 tons of high-quality butter or 5 million eggs. Baleen and whale teeth can be processed into medical equipment or handicrafts.