Definition of whaler in English:



  • 1A whaling ship.

    • ‘Cold-stiff hands and aching shoulders hauled on the guys tied to the fore and aft cleats of the whaler until it was drawn back on board the ship.’
    • ‘On the morning of 11 February 1944, off the Norwegian coast, Stubborn sighted a convoy of seven ships escorted by four trawlers, a whaler and an aircraft.’
    • ‘Whaling reached its peak in New Bedford in 1857, when the city was home port to 329 registered vessels, half the total number of whalers in the service of the United States.’
    • ‘The whalers argued that they knew this from their own experience as whale hunters and that hunting had historically been restricted to the summer months because of the weather rather than the absence of pseudomigratory whales.’
    • ‘Cosens and Innes observed few bowheads south of Wager Bay, where American whalers found high densities of bowheads from 1860 into the 1870s.’
    • ‘This attracted whalers and fishing vessels, as well as the natural deep water which was a suitable harbour to sea vessels on voyage around Cape of Good Hope.’
    • ‘Since the international ban on whaling 21 years ago, cruising sailboats have replaced whalers as the primary visitors to the islands.’
    • ‘The Coast Guard cutter Bear became a familiar sight in Alaskan waters, rescuing icebound whalers, providing medical services for the Eskimos, and enforcing the international seal protection treaty.’
    • ‘Expecting Grady either to board or to sink the whaler, Anthony nudged his ship westward - and waited.’
    • ‘Satellite imagery becomes useful for interpreting ice conditions to be faced by whalers no later than early March (6-7 weeks before the first whales arrive).’
    • ‘The Falklands were colonised by house sparrows travelling aboard a fleet of whalers from Uruguay.’
    • ‘For centuries, American and European whalers and explorers had frequented Arctic waters at will, living off the land and the seas as they saw fit,.’
    • ‘A series of mainly South American fisherman have been hauled back to Australia with their ships and prosecuted after they were caught fishing near southern Heard Island, and HSI said it hoped to see similar action against whalers.’
    1. 1.1 A seaman engaged in whaling.
      • ‘Both the letters and the Bulletin contain descriptions of the whalers, prospectors, government agents, and other missionaries who lived in Alaska at that time, as well as depictions of Inupiat life.’
      • ‘Alice Roberts looks back at Dundee's history of whaling and meets former whalers who risked their lives in this now reviled industry.’
      • ‘According to local legend, the killer whales would even guide the tiny whale boats out to the hunt so that the whalers could harpoon and lance the harassed animal.’
      • ‘Second, it is a valuable historical document, shedding light on the history of Marlborough and Nelson, the whaling industry, and the relationships between the whalers and the Maori in the area.’
      • ‘The International Whaling Commission has granted the whalers of the island of Bequia with Aboriginal Whaling Status.’
      • ‘When the Makahs stopped whaling in the 1920s it was because commercial whalers, harpooning all they could find, had nearly driven the gray whales to extinction.’
      • ‘Fisheries science has long argued that whalers were killing too many whales and that their numbers were dwindling alarmingly.’
      • ‘‘It should give the sick whaler medical aid but ensure the ship does not return to the kill,’ Greens Party leader Bob Brown said in a statement.’
      • ‘Back in colonial times, Spanish whaler José Manuel jumped ship in New Zealand and, as was the custom of the time, took several wives.’
      • ‘Nonetheless, the film is intelligently and movingly constructed, and unquestionably catches at critical themes and undercurrents of the book, including its sympathy for the whalers ' harsh existence.’
      • ‘On 10 November 1841, Kahe and John Nicoll, a whaler, were formerly married on board a ship off the coast of Kapiti.’
      • ‘Early in the nineteenth century crews of visiting ships came looking for flax, and from 1829 whalers came to share the bounty in this southern area.’
      • ‘In the 1997 season Norwegian whalers in 31 vessels killed 503 Minke whales of their 580-whale quota.’
      • ‘Between 1831 and 1834 he worked as a whaler and sealer and organised whaling stations around the coast even before South Australia was established in 1836.’
      • ‘However, the island's desolation was offset by whalers who came aboard from the ships Emma Jane and Roswell King.’
      • ‘Weyler is one of those who went out on the open sea in tiny boats, looking the whalers in the eye until they finally blinked.’
      • ‘Whaling ended here in 1964 and since then the nearby whaling station rusted to a skeleton, the whalers dispersed and their numbers declined much like the whales.’
      • ‘Whaling stations were set up on Spitzbergen, which teemed with life during the whaling season, reverting to a ghost town once the whalers had left.’
      • ‘In the 1800s, missionaries brought cakes, Chinese brought chicken, and Norwegian whalers brought salmon marinated with onion and tomato (lomi salmon).’
      • ‘In response to what the Inuits considered to be an attack on their traditions, life and culture, Alaska whalers formed the Alaskan Eskimo Whaling Commission to represent themselves and negotiate for a higher quota.’
  • 2Any of a number of large slender-bodied sharks.

    See also blue shark
    • ‘On calm days, dive trips go to the windward side of the island to search for large schools of pelagic fish: bronze whalers, hammerheads, mantas and sometimes oceanic white tips.’
    • ‘Apart from driving, the group is also involved in research activities of aquamarines, especially the Copper Shark or the bronze whaler.’
    • ‘Make no mistake - makos, hammerheads, threshers, tigers, whites, whalers and six-gilled sharks all go over 1000 lb, and some of them with ease.’
    • ‘We can be 140 kilometres from the sea, and yet there'll be bronze whalers, stingrays, the highest level of freshwater turtle diversity in Australia.’
    • ‘South African white shark dive operators reportedly catch juvenile bronze whaler and smooth hammerhead sharks to use as bait.’
    • ‘But a dive with the whalers, whitetips and hammerheads at the North Horn dive site is an experience like no other - and something that every person who dives owes to themselves to do at least once.’
    • ‘There are four species which concern us, and they are the hammerhead shark, the white shark, the bull whaler and the tiger shark.’
    • ‘Brad Satchell, 44, said he was surfing off Scarborough Beach near the western city of Perth on Friday when the shark, probably a bronze whaler, swam up to him.’
    • ‘The most common shark attacks are from tigers, dusky whalers and bull sharks.’
    • ‘I dipped my head under and saw that we were being scrutinised by a large shark - a bronze whaler.’
    • ‘The most common sharks found off the Mid West coast were tiger sharks, black tip reef sharks and bronze whalers.’
  • 3NZ Australian informal A tramp, especially one who follows the course of a river.

    • ‘After drinking some beer, a whaler I once saw got up and started to fight with himself.’
    • ‘The whaler spent his time moving up and down the Murrumbidgee River.’
    • ‘Willoughby, who was travelling loose, was a whaler.’
    • ‘A whaler is a bushman who is on the loaf.’
    • ‘They were so apt to lie about the size of the ‘whales’ they caught that a generic name -- whaler -- for this class of unemployable traveller came into being.’