While on the one hand, scientists are fighting hard to save the whale population as a whole, not to mention the endangered ones, on the other, researches are on to get innovative and modern to wit new explosives and weapons to kill whales at Alaska. It is the ‘black powder’, Alaskan Natives have been using since the 19th century. A new explosive has begun to replace it, as the Natives seek more humane weaponry in the traditional hunt for bowhead whales. “It’s a lot safer,” said Eugene Brower, a Barrow whaling captain who chairs the Alaska Eskimo Whaling Commission’s weapons improvement program. Need no mentioning, it’s safer for the overpowering hatchet – Man. To add to it, the native whaling captains are being trained to handle a harpoon-launched grenade loaded with penthrite, a World War I-era explosive used in demolition.