344. Property of whales.

All whales taken within the territorial waters1 of the kingdom or stranded on the shore are treated as 'royal fish'2 and belong to the Sovereign in right of the Crown except when taken in places where the Crown has granted out its right in this respect, in which case they belong to the Crown's grantees; the captors of whales within the limits of the territorial waters do not acquire any property in them

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