The Soviet whaling industry was created in 1932, but for many years it consisted of a single fleet working in the Russian Far East. Beginning in 1946, the USSR began to expand this industry and a few years later Soviet fleets started a campaign of illegal whaling that lasted for three decades and which – together with the poorly managed “legal” whaling of other nations – devastated whale populations worldwide. The MOSCOW (Memoirs Of Soviet Catches Of Whales) project was initiated to preserve the memories and photographs of biologists, whalers and other individuals who worked in the industry during this period. Notably, these activities were student-centered and inquiry-based