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Japan whalers return from Antarctic hunt after killing 333 whales

Apo - Japanese whaling vessels returned to port on Saturday after catching more than 300 of the mammals in the Antarctic Ocean without facing any protests by anti-whaling groups, officials said.

Japan seeks upgraded whaling ship as PM vows to continue hunts

Toukyo - Japan is considering upgrading its ageing lead whaling ship, a fisheries official said Wednesday, as the prime minister vowed to continue the country's controversial Antarctic hunts despite international protests.

International call for Japan to halt Antarctic whaling

Wellington - The European Union and 12 other nations condemned Japan's Antarctic whaling programme Monday, rejecting Tokyo's argument that the annual slaughter is for scientific research.

Graphic Australian video of Japanese whaling released

Sydney - Activist group Sea Shepherd on Tuesday released graphic video of Japanese fishermen harpooning whales in the Southern Ocean after a long battle with the Australian government to make the images public.

Japanese whalers head to Antarctic

Toukyo - Japanese whaling vessels left port Thursday for an annual hunting voyage in the Antarctic, this time to kill 333 minke whales, despite international calls to stop the practice.

Far from harpoons, whales star in Iceland ecotourism boom

- Iceland's whales have traditionally ended up as steaks on a plate. But times are changing, and as tourists stream to the North Atlantic island, whales are now the stars of a flourishing ecotourism scene.

Sea Shepherd pulls plug on Japan whale hunt

Sydney - Activist group Sea Shepherd on Tuesday pulled the plug on its annual campaign to disrupt Japanese whaling, saying it can no longer match the country's military and economic power.

Whales shrank before populations crashed: study

Paris - The body size of some whale species diminished by several metres decades before 20th-century factory fishing caused their populations to collapse, researchers said Thursday.

Japan kills 333 whales in annual Antarctic hunt

Toukyo - A Japanese whaling fleet returned to port Friday after an annual Antarctic hunt that killed more than 300 of the mammals as Tokyo pursues the programme in defiance of global criticism.

Japan kills 333 whales in annual Antarctic hunt

Toukyo - A Japanese whaling fleet returned to port Friday after an annual Antarctic hunt that killed more than 300 of the mammals as Tokyo pursues the programme in defiance of global criticism.

Japan kills 333 whales in annual Antarctic hunt

Toukyo - A Japanese whaling fleet returned to port Friday after an annual Antarctic hunt that killed more than 300 of the mammals as Tokyo pursues the programme in defiance of global criticism.

Sea Shepherd finds Japanese ship 'with slaughtered whale'

Sydney - A Japanese ship has been caught with a slaughtered whale in the Antarctic in defiance of an international court decision against Tokyo's hunts, activist group Sea Shepherd said Sunday.

Japan, West clash over 'cultural' whale hunts

Portoroz - Japan pleaded with the world's whaling watchdog Wednesday to allow small hunts by coastal communities, arguing that for three decades these groups had been unjustly barred from a traditional source of food.

Whaling nations vote down bid for South Atlantic sanctuary

Portoroz - Whaling nations defeated a renewed bid Tuesday by southern hemisphere states to create an Atlantic sanctuary for the marine mammals hunted to near extinction in the 20th century.

Whalers in crosshairs at international huddle

Paris - More than 80 nations square off in Slovenia next week over the fate of the world's remaining whales, facing a multitude of perils from meat hunters and ship strikes to getting snared in fishing gear.

Ocean warriors unveil new high-speed ship against Japan whalers

Amsterdam - With its distinctive pirate-like flag flying from the mast, the sleek, high-speed concrete grey Ocean Warrior is the latest weapon in a bitter war between marine conservationists and Japan's whaling fleet.

Anti-whalers enlist fast ship to fight off Japanese

Sydney - Marine conservationists announced Tuesday they will for the first time be able to outrun the Japanese whaling fleet in the upcoming annual battle to protect the giant mammals in the icy Southern Ocean.

Japan fleet returns from Antarctic whale hunt

Toukyo - A Japanese whaling fleet returned home Thursday from its annual Antarctic hunt, the government said, a trip that angered environmentalists and nations opposed to the slaughter.

Icelandic whalers suspend hunt, blast Japan

Reykjav - Icelandic whaling giant Hvalur announced Thursday it will not hunt endangered fin whales this year, denouncing restrictive regulations imposed by Japan, its biggest market.

Sea Shepherd struggling to find Japan whaling fleet

Sydney - Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd admitted on Monday it was struggling to find Japanese whaling vessels in the vast Southern Ocean and urged the Australian government to help.

Australia 'disappointed' at Japan whaling: Turnbull

Toukyo - Australia is "very disappointed" at Tokyo's decision to resume whaling in the Antarctic Ocean, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull said Friday as he readied for talks with Japanese premier Shinzo Abe.

Pressure mounts on Australia PM over Japan whaling

Sydney - Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull vowed Wednesday to raise whaling in meetings with Japan's leader Shinzo Abe this week as environmentalists urged him to pressure Tokyo to halt this season's hunt.

Conservationists flag legal action over Japan whale hunt

Sydney - Japan was facing mounting condemnation Tuesday over its decision to resume killing whales in Antarctica, with conservationists saying it was open to another legal challenge.

Japan says to resume whaling, fleet sails to Antarctic Tuesday

Toukyo - Japan will dispatch a whaling fleet to the Antarctic on Tuesday after a one year suspension, the government said, defying international criticism and a UN legal ruling that the "research" expedition is a commercial hunt in disguise.

Sea Shepherd warns Japan against resuming whaling

Sydney - Environmental activist group Sea Shepherd warned Japan on Sunday against resuming "research" whaling in the Antarctic and called on the Australian government to intervene.

Japan to resume 'research' whaling in Antarctic: Media

Toukyo - Japan will resume "research" whaling in the Antarctic by the end of March next year, local media reported Saturday, despite a call by global regulators for more evidence that the expeditions have a scientific purpose.

Japanese town's controversial dolphin hunt begins

Toukyo - A small Japanese town began its controversial dolphin hunt on Thursday after bad weather delayed the start, according to a local fisheries official, while a separate whaling hunt was due to start at the weekend.

Japan to defy world opinion, set to begin whaling in Antarctic Special

Going against the tide of public opinion and an international court ruling, Japan's whaling boats will head for the Southern Ocean. A chief negotiator for whaling decisions told reporters that the country will resume whaling in Antarctica in Dec. 2015.

Japan confirms plan to resume whale hunt

Toukyo - Japan's chief whaling negotiator confirmed Monday its ships would return to the Antarctic this year, despite a call by global regulators to provide more evidence that the hunt has a scientific purpose.

Japan must do more to justify whaling plans: IWC

London - The International Whaling Commission (IWC) on Friday demanded that Japan provide more information to prove that its revised Antarctic whaling programme was for scientific research, saying it could not reach a consensus based on documents submitted.
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In this file photo captured short-finned pilot whales are seen on the deck of a whaling ship at Taij...
In this file photo captured short-finned pilot whales are seen on the deck of a whaling ship at Taiji Port in Japan's oldest whaling village of Taiji, 420 km (260 miles) southwest of Tokyo
With permission by Reuters / Issei Kato
The pod of bottlenose dolphins currently awaiting their fate in Taiji s cove. The sign in front decl...
The pod of bottlenose dolphins currently awaiting their fate in Taiji's cove. The sign in front declared the mammals to be the property of Taiji Fisherman's Union.
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44 activists from the Greenpeace ships Esperanza and Arctic Sunrise appeal for help in their campaign to end whaling in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary, by spelling out the words `Help End Whaling!’ using their bodies.
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Picture taken Sept. 2012 by Planet Whale's research team on the island of Suðuroy. This female orca has been identified and named as "Cristina."
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The Japanese factory ship Nisshin Maru docks in Shimonoseki, Japan, having just returned from its last so-called "scientific"whaling expedition to the Southern Ocean whale sanctuary.
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Norway sets an established quota of 1286 minke whales for the 2012 season.
Norway sets an established quota of 1286 minke whales for the 2012 season.
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A captured short-finned pilot whale is measured by fishery workers including Fisheries Agency employ...
A captured short-finned pilot whale is measured by fishery workers including Fisheries Agency employees at Taiji Port in Japan's oldest whaling village of Taiji, 420 km (260 miles) southwest of Tokyo
With permission by Reuters / Issei Kato
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These bottlenose dolphins captured in the cove last season, were slaughtered.
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One of the Faroe Islands, Koltur is located to the west of Streymoy. Abandoned in the 1980s by sheep farmers, two people returned there in 1994 to restore the village.
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Pantropical spotted dolphin. A pod numbering 98 dolphins were slaughtered in the cove on Sunday.
Pantropical spotted dolphin. A pod numbering 98 dolphins were slaughtered in the cove on Sunday.
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Anonymous warns the Japanese Government, "it would be smart to expect us."
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Amazon.com confirms a ban on the sale of whale meat.
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Land-based whale watching on the West side of Streymoy, the main island of the Faroes.
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Whale bone jaws on West Cliff, Whitby
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This chart shows the cost and Income from By-Products of Scientific Whaling by Institute of Cetacean Research
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A captured short-finned pilot whale is measured by fishery workers including Fisheries Agency employ...
A captured short-finned pilot whale is measured by fishery workers including Fisheries Agency employees at Taiji Port in Japan's oldest whaling village of Taiji, 420 km (260 miles) southwest of Tokyo
With permission by Reuters / Issei Kato
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A Minke whale and her 1-year-old calf are dragged aboard the Nisshin Maru, a Japanese whaling vessel. Photo taken Feb. 6, 2008.
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