Tag: whales

  • Japan’s bizarre whale experiments

    A review of the controversial scientific research conducted by Japan and its whalers has uncovered a list of ‘bizarre’ and useless experiments, including how to cross breed cows with whales. Scientists have analysed 43 research papers produced by Japan over 18 years, finding most were useless or esoteric. The scientific research included injecting minke whale…

  • ‘Rotten butter’ versus ‘stinging acid’

    Activists on board anti-whaling ship The Steve Irwin pelting the Nisshin Maru with rotten butter The environmental group Sea Shepherd says it doubts its attack on a Japanese whaling ship off Antarctica yesterday injured anyone. The group threw 24 litres of rotten butter onto the Nisshin Maru whaling ship. Meanwhile, the Taipei Times reports: “Militant…

  • Whales humiliated

    Lauren Williams of The Daily Telegraph writes: Is this the ultimate humiliation for a whale? While these white beluga whales don cute little Santa hats to entertain visitors to a Japanese aquarium, their humpback cousins face a degrading end in cold storage at the hands of Japanese whalers in Antarctica.

  • Fear for humpbacks as Japan whaling fleet sets sail

    A humpback whale breaches in Jervis Bay, NSW. Photo: Ken Robertson A Japanese whaling fleet left today for an expedition activists say will for the first time target humpbacks, a perennial favourite among whale-watchers. The Nisshin Maru, the 8000-tonne flagship of Japan’s whaling fleet, left Shimonoseki port for the Antarctic along with catcher boats around…