Baird’s beaked whales threatened by whaling


This is a video about a Cuvier’s beaked whale, beached in Spain.

From the Taipei Times:

Whaling means big money

02-07-2007 14:56

The whaling season has begun in Japan. Four coastal villages are allowed to kill 66 Baird’s beaked whales. They are caught for commercial reasons only. This species is not protected by the 1986 International Whaling Commission‘s (IWC) ban on commercial hunting.

They are relatively small animals, compared to other whales. This is why they are not protected by the International Whaling Commission’s (IWC).

The meat is expensive and there are not many young people who are interested in eating the meat. The Japanese Government is trying to remind them of their culinary heritage by serving it in school lunches.

Mysterious New Whale Species Discovered in Alaska. Scientists say a dead [beaked] whale on a desolate beach and a skeleton hanging in a high school gym are a new species. Yet experts have never seen one alive: here.

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