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More important ocean areas for whales and dolphin protection identified

Scientists and observers from many different countries have identified and mapped 36 new Important Marine...

Whale meat fetches record high at Japan auction

Sei whale meat is being sold at a record high in Japan according media reports...

Rescuers find young girl’s body surrounded by dolphins

Reports from South Africa about a tragic drowning off Llandudno beach, Cape Town say that...
The Yushin Maru catcher ship of the Japanese whaling fleet injures a whale with its first harpoon attempt, and takes a further three harpoon shots before finally killing the badly injured fleeing whale. Finally they drowned the mammal beneath the harpooon deck of the ship to kill it.  Southern Ocean.  07.01.2006

Moves to overturn whaling ban rejected

Last week, the 68th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC, the body that regulates...

Japanese Whaling Ships Set Sail

Japan’s Antarctic whaling fleet has set sail to continue whaling in the waters of the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary despite international objection.


Although commercial whaling has been outlawed since 1986 by the International Whaling Commission, the Japanese hunters look set to kill minke and endangered fin whales for so-called ‘scientific research’ – a loophole in the regulations that they continue to exploit.


More than eleven thousand whales have been slaughtered by Japanese whalers since commercial whaling was banned in 1986. The meat from these whales, including species that are endangered, often end up being frozen due to lack of demand or served as sushi, burgers, and to Japanese school children. Profit, not science, is the real motive for these hunts.