Japan Spring whaling haul at record low

Jun 06, 2013
Illustration of a minke whale and its calf. Japanese whalers hunting the mammals in the northwestern Pacific caught a record-low 34 minke whales this Spring, the fisheries agency said Thursday, blaming bad weather.

Japanese whalers hunting the mammals in the northwestern Pacific caught a record-low 34 minke whales this Spring, the fisheries agency said Thursday, blaming bad weather.

The whaling, conducted in the name of "scientific research", took place from April 18 to June 3 and netted 17 male and 17 female minke. The catch is the lowest since Tokyo started the programme in 2003, the agency said.

"The weather was very bad this year, often with thick fog or very strong wind," said an agency official.

Japan's whale hunts, especially its annual Southern Ocean expedition, have long drawn criticism from activists and foreign governments, but Tokyo defends the practice saying eating whale is part of the country's culinary tradition.

It says whales are studied as part of a bid by Japan's whaling research institute to prove their populations can sustain .

Many of the whales this Spring were slightly smaller than last year, the official said.

Stomach samples from 22 of the creatures caught in Sendai Bay showed their diet was dominated by young sand eels, rather than mature sand eels as in the past, the group said, according to Kyodo News.

Minke whale
Graphic fact file on the minke whale, main target of the Japanese whale catch. Hunters in the northwestern Pacific caught a record-low 34 minke whales this spring, the fisheries agency said Thursday.

The whaling mission in the this year also logged a "record low" catch of the , with the government blaming "unforgivable sabotage" by activists.

Activists charge Tokyo's "research whaling" is cover for commercial whaling that is banned under an international agreement.

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Egleton
1 / 5 (1) Jun 06, 2013
The base of the food-chain has collapsed. Therefore there were less whales.
The weather was bad.
So which one was it? Climate change or Climate change?
Egleton
1 / 5 (1) Jun 06, 2013
The base of the food-chain has collapsed. Therefore there were less whales.
The weather was bad.
So which one was it? Climate change or Climate change?
antialias_physorg
4.2 / 5 (5) Jun 06, 2013
but Tokyo defends the practice saying eating whale is part of the country's culinary tradition

They defend 'research whaling' with a culinary tradition? How's that work?

Marrying kids at the age of 12 could be traditional practice. Does that make it defensible?
DavidW
1 / 5 (3) Jun 06, 2013
It does make sense in a world where even those with education from the sacrificial blood of others have no foundation in the truth. If people generally don't care about the truth then any lie suffices.
TheGhostofOtto1923
2.3 / 5 (3) Jun 07, 2013
It does make sense in a world where even those with education from the sacrificial blood of others have no foundation in the truth. If people generally don't care about the truth then any lie suffices.
Uh sacrificial blood as in your very own jebus? And dont forget the cannibal part when he passed around his own body parts at the last supper.

Human sacrifice and cannibalistic ritual are very old religious rites, and we can trace the progression of those rites right up to the foundations of your own apocalyptic/messianic wondergod. This is one of the many reasons we know he is a fairy tale (lie).

If you werent such a hypocrite you would admit that you believe in a god who wrote a book full of LIES.

Come on dave. Confess your sins.

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