This video is about saving the life of a humpback whale.
From daily The Morning Star in England today:
Tsunami money funds whale hunt
Japan: Tokyo is spending 2.3 billion yen (£19 million) from its tsunami reconstruction budget to fund the country’s annual whaling hunt in the Antarctic Ocean, a government official revealed today.
Greenpeace blasted the funding decision, saying that it was depriving disaster victims of desperately needed support.
Japan’s annual whaling expedition left Shimonoseki in southern Japan on Tuesday. It aims to catch 900 whales.
This video is about humpback whales mating.
From British daily The Independent:
Japan abandons humpback whale hunt after international outcry
By Carl Freire in Tokyo
Published: 22 December 2007
Japan has suspended its first humpback whale hunt in seas off Antarctica since the 1960s, its government said yesterday, backing down in an escalating international battle over the expansion of its hunt.
Japan dropped the planned taking of 50 humpbacks at the behest of the United States, which chairs the International Whaling Commission (IWC), said Chief Cabinet Secretary Nobutaka Machimura. He said the suspension would last a year or two but that there would be “no changes” to Japan’s stance on research whaling itself.
Japan dispatched its whaling fleet last month to the southern Pacific in the first major hunt of humpback whales since the 1960s, generating widespread criticism. Officials said yesterday they had not harpooned any humpbacks.
The move defuses for now a high-profile row with Australia, though Japanese officials deny they were influenced by Canberra’s anti-whaling position. Australia announced on Wednesday that it would dispatch surveillance planes and a ship to gather evidence for a possible legal challenge to the hunt.
It was unlikely, however, to quell the increasingly bold high-seas protests against Japan’s scientific whaling research programme, in which it kills 1,000 whales, mostly minkes, a year in the Pacific.
See also here.
January 2012: New research is shedding light on the sale of skin blubber and meat from whale bycatch. In South Korea, commercial and subsistence whaling have been illegal since 1986, but domestic sales of protected common minke products are allowed if the whales are caught accidently: here.