What’s A Woggin? A Bird, a Word, and a Linguistic Mystery Whalers wrote about woggins all the time. What in the world were they? By Cara Giaimo OCTOBER 26, 2016 On December 20, 1792, the whaling ship Asiawas making its way through the Desolation Islands, in the Indian Ocean, when the crew decided to stop for lunch. According to the log keeper, the meal was a great success: “At 1 PM Sent our Boat on Shore After Some refreshments,” he wrote. “She returned with A Plenty of Woggins we Cooked Some for Supper.” Right about now, you may be feeling peckish. But you may also be wondering: What in the world is a woggin? New species are discovered all the time. Unknown old species—extinct ones, found as fossils and then plugged into our historical understanding of the world—turn up a lot, too. But every once in a while, all we have to go on is a word.New or old, known or unknown, no one knew what a woggin was until Judith Lund, whaling historian, decided to find out. CONTINUED HERE: http://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/whats-a-woggin-a-bird-a-word-and-a-linguistic-mystery WHAT WAS THE WOGGIN? Edited by Yith.