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Ships leave Japanese port to kill whales in the name of science

Whaling ships in north-eastern Japan have left port to begin government-backed scientific whaling in coastal waters around the country. The four ships could kill up to 51 minke in the coming few weeks as part of a so-called ‘research’ programme in the north-western Pacific.  The hunts will take place within an 80km radius from Ayukawa port in Ishinomaki, Miyagi Prefecture.

WDC disappointed that Pippa Middleton ate whale meat

WDC is disappointed to learn that Pippa Middleton, sister of the Duchess of Cambridge, had eaten whale meet whilst on a trip to Norway. Miss Middleton wrote about eating whale at Norway’s Juvet Landscape Hotel for a UK national newspaper travel story.

New record for gray whale migration

A gray whale in the Pacific Ocean has been recorded completing the longest ever migration for the species.

The female whale made a round-trip of 22,500 km (14,000 miles) during her journey from feeding grounds off Russia to Mexico and back, according to a report in Biology Letters.

Underwater sounds could be from new whale species

Researchers on board a research vessel sailing the waters near the South Orkney Islands, South Shetland Islands, and Antarctic Peninsula have identified a unique whale song that could well come from a new species of whale. The team investigating the sound included researchers from WDC's Latin America office in Argentina.

New Japanese whale hunting plan rejected by experts

Experts representing the International Whaling Commission (IWC - the organisation that regulates whale hunting) have rejected Japan’s latest plan to resume its so-called scientific whale hunts in the Southern Ocean.

More melon headed whales die in mass stranding in Japan

Officials in Japan have continued to bury more melon-headed whales after they beached on the shore over the weekend. Eight more were found washed up along the coast at Hokota, around 100 kilometres (60 miles) from Tokyo, bringing the total number of deaths to over the 150 mark.

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