A rheumatism sufferer sits inside the carcass of a whale. Photo courtesy of the National Library of Australia
Climbing inside the carcass of a whale was once thought to bring relief to rheumatism sufferers, an Australian National Maritime Museum exhibit shows.
Staying inside the whale for about 30 hours was believed to bring relief from aches and pains for up to 12 months, the Sydney Morning Herald reported.
It was thought to have started in the whaling town of Eden on Australia’s southern coast.
The practice is documented as part of the museum’s special whales season.