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In Kushiro, just 160km south of Rausu, where the four dozen people laughed and cheered, boats were setting off on Japan's first commercial whale hunt in 31 years.
One of the whales caught was more than 8m long and taken to a warehouse.
Under the research hunts, which was criticized as a cover for commercial hunts as the meat was sold on the market, Japan at its peak caught as many as 1,200 whales but has drastically cut back on its catch in recent years after international protests escalated and whale meat consumption slumped at home.
Sri Lanka, especially before independence, became an indirect accessory to the slaughter of whales as whaling ships called at Sri Lankan ports for water and supplies.
Both blue whale and Bryde's whale belong to the family of baleen whales, also called toothless whales, and there are minor differences in their features,' he explained.
GWADAR: The carcass of a 24-meter Bryde's whale was found dead off the western coast of Gwadar on Wednesday.
The carcass of a 24-meter Bryde's whale was found off the western coast of Gwadar on Wednesday, according to a TV channel's report.The report quoted an environment official as saying that the whale was injured in several places.
Whale takes center stage at National Museum !-- -- Rhodina Villanueva (The Philippine Star) - February 17, 2019 - 12:00am MANILA, Philippines To celebrate World Whale Day, the National Museum of Natural History (NMNH) in Rizal Park, Manila, yesterday unveiled to the public its newest permanent display: the Marinduque Sperm Whale.
Local schoolchildren also come to the seaside facility where they can get a closer look at the rare sight of workers stripping the flesh from the thick skin of whales with special choppers.
The firm allows local residents and tourists to watch whales being dismembered at its slaughterhouse as part of efforts to keep alive the region's 400-year-old whaling history.
GONE are the days when the great whales were hunted around the world.
This means that the International Whaling Commissions vast Southern Ocean Sanctuary, and our own Australian Whale Sanctuary, will finally be true sanctuaries for all whales.