Nature & Geology
The whale hunting tradition came from American influence. Almost all parts of the whales were used for different means such as oil, detergent, scrimshaw, or pharmaceutics. The material was exported throughout the world, mostly to America and Europe.
The whaling times went on until 1987 when the last whale was caught. Over 12,000 whales were killed in the Azores during the time when it was allowed. To know more about the whaling history and heritage of Pico Island, the Whalers Museum is a very interesting visit, providing fascinating information.