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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...

US sushi restaurant owner pleads guilty to serving sei whale meat after undercover ’sting’

This week, the owner and parent company of The Hump, a now-closed sushi restaurant in Santa Monica, California, pleaded guilty to charges of unlawfully selling sei whale meat imported from Japan. 



This followed guilty pleas earlier this year from two chefs at the restaurant as well as their supplier. The case came to light when an associate producer of The Cove – the award-winning film documenting drive hunts in Japan –  organised a video ‘sting’ during which undercover investigators were able to order the sei whale meat as part of an omakase meal on three occasions between 2009-2010.  Owner Brian Vidor, and parent company, Typhoon Restaurant Co., will be sentenced early next year.