The Japanese fleet that fishes whales returned after killing 333 minke whales in the Southern Ocean. According to the Japanese Institute of Cetacean Research from the 333 killed whales, 186 were male and 181 female. Over 50% of the females were adult and preliminary analysis, such as pregnancy rates, suggest healthy fertility of the species.
Japan’s recently-announced decision to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission (IWC) -which means to continue commercial whaling after more than 30 years-, has spurred different reactions across environmental organizations across the globe.
Japan has launched a new whaling expedition in Antarctica, with the Japanese Government calling it scientific research. The fleet is now on its way to conduct the expedition in the Antarctic Ocean through March. The ships plan to catch 333 minke whales in the country’s fourth such whaling expedition since their resumption in 2015, according to the government.
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