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Cape Cod A Whale of a Breakfast

In the summer of 1951, a whale managed to get himself into one of the fishing traps in the harbor in the lee of Long Point at Provincetown.

The trap fishermen, highly excited over their unexpected catch, let the trap twine down, and the big fellow took to his “heels” and disappeared.

The whale did no damage to the trap, he was busy otherwise. When he left, there were about twenty barrels of herring left in the trap. The remaining trap of the fisherman-owner in the same vicinity, however, yielded fifty barrels of herring. So the fishermen estimated that Mr. Whale enjoyed a breakfast of about thirty barrelfuls of herring, leaving a scant twenty barrelfuls for the trap owner.

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Posted by Cape Cod - (website) on 05/31/06
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