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Japan’s scientific research program yet to uncover why whales die when speared with a giant harpoon


After decades of research, Japanese scientists are no closer to discovering why whales suddenly die when tracked down, surrounded and then shot with an explosive-tipped harpoon. “It’s a phenomenon that’s baffled us to date,” said Hayato Takahashi, one of Japan’s chief whale scientists. “Every time we shoot a whale with a harpoon, it dies. That’s why … Continue reading

Australia asked to keep the peace after Sea Shepherd rammed by whaling ship near Antarctica


Sea Shepherd captain Paul Watson expects the Southern Ocean whale-hunting season to be cut short after a dramatic clash prevented Japanese boats refuelling. The whaling fleet abandoned an attempt to refuel from a tanker yesterday when Sea Shepherd vessels intervened. The conservation activist group says three of its boats were then rammed by the Japanese … Continue reading

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