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2011-07-21 08:00:00

The Obama administration has threatened Iceland with possible trade and diplomatic sanctions under a U.S. law known as the Pelly Amendment, which allows the president to act against foreign nations who defy international animal conservation rules. Under pressure by environmental groups, Commerce Secretary Gary Locke certified Iceland under the domestic law, which paves the way for retaliation against nations that break the International Whaling Commission's moratorium. The U.S. is...

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2011-06-15 10:45:00

Traces of radioactive caesium have been found by Japanese whale hunters in two cetaceans recently harpooned off its shores in the Pacific Ocean, a fisheries agency official told AFP on Wednesday. Culled off the northern island of Hokkaido, the two minke whales showed readings of 31 becquerels and 24.3 becquerels of caesium per kilogram, the fisheries official claimed, adding that the cause may be related to the recent radiation leak from the Fukushima nuclear plant. Despite a worldwide ban on...

2011-02-16 08:40:00

SYDNEY, Feb. 16, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW) has welcomed reports that Japan has called an early halt to its cruel whaling activities in Antarctica. In November last year, in defiance of international opposition and several international laws, Japan's whaling fleet set off for the pristine Southern Ocean Sanctuary with the intention of training its harpoons on around 1,000 whales. Despite a global ban on commercial whaling, Japan has...

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2010-06-27 06:45:00

The annual meeting of the 88-nation International Whaling Commission came to an end with Greenland's indigenous peoples winning the right to hunt 27 humpback whales over three years. The self-ruled Danish territory will now be able to kill and consume nine humpbacks each year through 2012, with its existing quota of more than 200 minke and fin whales cut by the same number. The decision was made on the final day of the IWC's annual meeting in Morocco. Earlier in the week a compromise deal...

2010-04-29 16:45:00

Report Exposes Massive Online Sales of Wildlife Products WASHINGTON, April 29 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A new report released today reveals that internet giant Yahoo! is involved in extensive trade in whales, dolphins and elephant ivory products. The report "Yahoo! and the Trade in Whale, Dolphin and Elephant Products," which is published by the non-profit Environmental Investigation Agency (EIA) based in Washington, DC and London, UK, and documents that Yahoo! Japan is a major hub for...

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2010-04-23 05:45:00

On Thursday, a fleet of Japanese harpoon ships launched their springtime coastal whale hunt with expectations of killing 60 whales during what the country considers scientific research. The expedition started just 10 days after the last Japanese whaling ship returned from an Antarctic hunt, which found harassment by environmental activists. Japan's fisheries agency said four whaling ships and one research vessel would hunt mink whales until early June, which is before a meeting of the...

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2010-02-11 07:45:56

A fisheries official announced Wednesday that Japan will propose scaling down its troubled annual whale hunt in Antarctica, on conditions that it is allowed to whale commercially in its own coastal waters. The official said that Tokyo plans to present its proposal to the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in Morocco in June, even though a similar plan was rejected last year by the 85-body nation. "We have been studying ways to reach a packaged agreement and to normalize the IWC...

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2010-01-15 08:55:00

Genetic Testing Sheds Light on International Debate to Cull Minkes Genetic analyses refute the hypothesis that an overly abundant population of minke whales is creating too much competition over food for populations of other whale species to rebound, according to a new study supported by the Lenfest Ocean Program and published this week in the journal Molecular Ecology. The study's findings indicate that the Southern Ocean minke whale population around Antarctica has not grown unnaturally...

2010-01-14 10:58:00

Genetic Testing Sheds Light on International Debate to Cull Minkes WASHINGTON, Jan. 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Genetic analyses refute the hypothesis that an overly abundant population of minke whales is creating too much competition over food for populations of other whale species to rebound, according to a new study supported by the Lenfest Ocean Program and published this week in the journal Molecular Ecology. The study's findings indicate that the Southern Ocean minke whale...

2009-10-02 13:49:00

LONDON, Oct. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Iceland is being urged to abandon its commercial whaling as 26 countries issued a statement condemning the cruel and unnecessary killing of more than 200 endangered fin whales and minke whales so far this season. The International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW), called on the Icelandic government to heed the international criticism and support responsible whale watching as a humane and profitable alternative to the cruelty of whaling. The...


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Antarctic Minke Whale, Balaenoptera bonaerensis
2013-06-22 16:21:07

The Antarctic minke whale (Balaenoptera bonaerensis), also known as the southern minke whale, is one of two minke whales within the Mysticeti suborder, which contains baleen and rorqual whales. It can be found in every ocean in the southern hemisphere, residing in Antarctic waters in the summer months and northern waters in the winter months, where its range overlaps that the smaller common minke whale. The Antarctic minke whale was once classified with the common minke whale as a single...

Antarctic Minke Whale, Balaenoptera bonaerensis
2013-06-10 11:14:16

The Antarctic minke whale (Balaenoptera bonaerensis), also known as the southern minke whale, is one of two minke whales within the Mysticeti suborder, which contains baleen and rorqual whales. It can be found in every ocean in the southern hemisphere, residing in Antarctic waters in the summer months and northern waters in the winter months, where its range overlaps that the smaller common minke whale. The Antarctic minke whale was once classified with the common minke whale as a single...

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2006-07-12 15:07:29

The Minke Whale or Lesser Rorqual is a marine mammal belonging to the suborder of baleen whales. The Minke Whale was first identified by Lacepede in 1804. Taxonomy Most modern classifications split the Minke Whale into two species; the Common or Northern Minke Whale and the Antarctic or Southern Minke Whale. Taxonomists further categorize the Common Minke Whale into two or three subspecies; the North Atlantic Minke Whale, the North Pacific Minke Whale and Dwarf Minke Whale. All Minke...

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