Fishermen in Japan save stranded whale
An injured sperm whale recently found stranded by fishermen near Tokushima in Japan, was helped back into the water in a compassionate act, showing that not all news from Japan regarding whales is bad.
The fishermen worked hard to save the whale, cheered on by passers-by, and WDC is grateful for the dedicated efforts of those involved. There is no single reason for why whales strand and stranding response protocols vary by country.
Sadly, in stark comparison, the Japanese government has recently agreed to start new so-called ‘scientific’ whale hunts in the Antarctic despite a ruling by the International Court of Justice (IJC) banning the hunts on the basis that they were basically commercial whaling dressed up as research, and that they had little scientific merit.