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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...

Japan whale kills in Southern Ocean at record low

Japan’s latest whaling mission to the Southern Ocean resulted “record low” numbers of whales killed according to the Japanese Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi.

Despite leaving port in December to kill up to 1000 minke whales, the hunters took 103 – less than half its total from 2012.  However, the Minister also said that it will continue to seek more support from other countries to continue with these hunts in the future.

The Japanese government uses a loophole to get around an international ban on hunting by claiming to hunt these whales for scientific research purposes, despite claiming at the same time that eating whale is part of the country’s culinary tradition.

The whales that are killed in these hunts are later sold as food.

Norway and Iceland also hunt whales in open defiance of a 1986 ban on commercial whaling.