Flensing Knife and Boots


Wearing rubber boots with metal cleats on them, the flenser would walk up over the whale’s body, using the sharp knife blade to cut into the meat. As one of the flensers said, ‘It’s a dangerous sport. The hardest part was trying to keep your knife sharp. If it wasn’t sharp you could work all day and go nowhere’.

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Albany's Historic Whaling Station

Visit the only complete whaling station tourism attraction in the world!

Looking out from the well-worn flensing deck, the view of King George Sound and its islands is breathtaking. The quiet tranquillity is in sharp contrast to the noisy, steamy, and very odorous scene...


81 Whaling Station Road
Torndirrup WA 6330

Open Hours

7 days 9am - 5pm

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