Scubasigns to visit the whale hunting village of lamalera

On Juli the 15th we will depart to the eastern parts of Indonesia to visit some potential Scubasigns project locations. One of the places we will visit is the whaling village Lamalera.

Lamalera, on the south coast of the island of Lembata, and Lamakera on neighbouring Solor are the last two remaining Indonesian whaling communities. The hunters have religious taboos that ensure that they use every part of the animal. About half of the catch is kept in the village; the rest is traded in local markets using a barter system.

Many social studies, environmental studies and discussions have been on on the whaling villages. Is whaling the most sustainable way forward?  The Scubasigns Foundation will visit Lamalera to talk to the local community and find out how they feel about it themselves. Would they prefer their current lifestyle over other alternatives? We will find out if they want help to set up an alternative and sustainable income from tourism. We are sure the whales won’t mind us trying. All suggestions, ideas and experiences on the topic are welcome.

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