1908 photo of Old Tom and a Davidson whaler. For over a century, orcas (killer whales) returned to Eden, NSW, Australia, to hunt with the Davidson family. The pod would "summon" the whalers by "tail-flopping" before leading the Davidson whalers to the hunt. When it was over, the orcas were left to claim their "share" and the whalers would later collect the remains. This arrangement was called “the law of the tongue”. The orcas also protected the whalers from sharks if they went overboard.
A project that is turning Eden’s historic Davidson Whaling Station site into a place of interaction and activity for visitors won a prestigious National Trust Heritage Award on Monday for Research and Investigation/Analysis. The project came about through the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service (NPWS) creating a dynamic new plan to promote the site as a ‘must see’ destination on the south coast for both Australian and international visitors.