Photo Diary #31

A black and white photograph of the orca whale skeleton of Old Tom in Eden, Australia

Taken: 6 February 2021

Eden, New South Wales, Australia

Notes: Preserved within the Eden Killer Whale Museum is the skeleton of Old Tom, the leader of a pod of orca whales which aided whalers by herding baleen whales into Twofold Bay for slaughter. When the orca pod cornered a baleen whale, Old Tom would gain the attention of whalers, leading them out to sea to make the kill. The whalers would then allow the orca pod to eat the tongue and lips of the killed whale, which became known as the "Law of the Tongue".