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2014-09-06 05:18:47

Chuck Bednar for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online California blue whales have become the first group of the endangered species to experience a population rebound, demonstrating their ability to rebound when carefully managed, according to new research appearing in the journal Marine Mammal Science. Blue whales are the largest animals on Earth, reaching nearly 100 feet in length and weighing nearly 200 tons when they reach adulthood. They are also the heaviest creature to ever live,...

Japan Defends Whale Killing Activities In International Court
2013-07-02 15:57:41

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Japan defended its controversial whaling activities on Tuesday in front of the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague. Last week, Australia went to the United Nation's highest court in an attempt to put an end to Japan's hunting of whales for "scientific" purposes. The country said Japan's excuse to kill whales for scientific reasons is nothing more than a disguise to simply hunt the animals. Australia pointed out that Japan...

Australians Attack Japanese Whaling
2013-06-26 12:34:52

Lee Rannals for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Australia stood up at the United Nation's highest court on Wednesday and defended the largest mammals on Earth. Representatives argued before the International Court of Justice (ICJ) in The Hague that Japan's excuse to hunt whales for "scientific" purposes is nothing more than a disguise to simply hunt whales. Australia argued that Japan is exploiting a loophole by continuing to hunt whales as "scientific research" in spite of a...

Pre-Whaling Humpback Population Estimates Could Help Recovery Measures
2013-02-14 14:21:20

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online For over 50 years, conservationists have been championing the protection of humpback whales–and as the population begins to recover from decades of whaling, scientists are starting to ask about the size of the whale population before they were hunted en masse. Using a refined genetic analysis, a group of American scientists has estimated the humpback´s historical population size at more than 100,000 whales, according to...

Japanese Whale Hunt In The Southern Ocean Faces Opposition
2013-01-01 05:03:51

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online A battle is brewing over whaling in the Southern Ocean between Australia and Japan. Australia's Environment Minister, Tony Burke, has reiterated his government's strong opposition to Japan's "scientific whaling" program, dismissing claims that the expeditions have any scientific research merit. "There is nothing scientific about going out and chasing whales, aiming a harpoon at them, so that you can pull them in and chop them up for...

Scientific Whaling Plans Dumped By South Korea
2012-07-18 12:27:06

Brett Smith for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online After experiencing some heavy criticism, the South Korean government is looking to cancel a controversial plan to hunt whales for scientific purposes, according to a new report. A senior government official who spoke to Yonhap News, South Korea´s largest news agency, on the condition of anonymity said the controversy surrounding the policy was a major factor in the decision, which has yet to be formally announced. "Discussions...

Whale Hunting Quota Requests Denied At Global Conference
2012-07-08 07:49:03

redOrbit Staff & Wire Reports - Your Universe Online Japan and Denmark issued threats to leave the International Whaling Commission (IWC) after their requests for whale-hunting quotas were denied at the organization's annual meeting, various news outlets reported over the weekend. According to the Associated Press (AP), Japan had been seeking permission to carry out small-scale whaling in some coastal communities at the conference, which ended Friday, and have said that they will...


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