harpoon line

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Noun1.harpoon line - a strong rope for making the catch fast to the harpooner's boat
harpoon - a spear with a shaft and barbed point for throwing; used for catching large fish or whales; a strong line is attached to it
rope - a strong line
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They also resemble harpoon line stops of similar design and function seen in Thule Inuit collections (Maxwell, 1985:269).
So the only reason left why whaling should be considered especially wrong is the cruelty involved, the agony of the great beast thrashing helplessly at the end of a harpoon line.
Canadian activist Texas Joe Constantine became entangled in the harpoon line and was thrown into the bloodied water near the freshly killed minke whale.