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Depends in part how you want to define 'documented' - contemporary attestation or deduced by subsequent researchers? There are a number of archaeological sites where evidence for consumption of whales has been found, which - given the difficult of hunting whales - can often be taken as evidence for beaching. See, for example, this paper, discussing samples ...


From Melville's Moby DIck: Chapter82 - The Honour and Glory of Whaling .... Let not the modern paintings of this scene [St.George vs the dragon] mislead us; for though the creature encountered by that valiant whaleman of old is vaguely represented of a griffin-like shape, and though the battle is depicted on land and the saint on horseback, yet ...

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