10. Boats Are Often Capsized While Whaling
The sea is often called treacherous for its unpredictable nature. Sailors and fishermen know how quickly tides turn and keeping themselves on the boat itself may become a mammoth task.
This is the case for normal fishing but whaling comes with its own set of difficulties.
Whales are big animals and compared to hauling a big shoal of fishes, whales are not as easy to onboard. Harpoons attached to the whales go under as they overturn after they die which makes pulling them towards and onto the ship difficult, often capsizing ships. Whalers had to usually prepare for this possibility.