Whaling in Orio

Okay, this isn’t really a mural, but still something decorative on a wall:

orio

It’s the yellow dressed rowing team of Orio, and a lad trying to harpoon a whale. As you can read in Mark Kurlansky’s brilliant book A Basque History of the World, whaling was for centuries a significant business in the Basque Country. Even though the hunting has stopped, whales are still an important symbol for the region; they are depicted on the shield of many towns along the coastline and, in this case, on a wall decoration.

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