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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 defends its whaling before international court

Starting its defence against a whaling case brought by the Australian government, Japan’s legal team has told the UN International Court of Justice that Australia cannot impose its will on other nations and that Australia’s position on whaling is “mistaken, alarmist” and values saving whales more than respecting foreign cultures.

Despite an international ban on commercial whaling, Japan continues to catch whales in the Antarctic by exploiting a loophole that that allows unlimited whaling for scientific research.

Last week, Australian representatives told the court that Japan’s so-called research-based whaling programme was far from scientific, and that its collection of raw data without having in mind a specific scientific question meant that Japan was essentially whaling for commercial reasons.

The hearing continues.