The 2015 minke
whaling season has already begun with unconfirmed reports that the first two minke
whales have been killed, although the hunt is being delayed because of a strike by veterinarians who are needed to inspect the catch.
After 1940, minkes
replaced fin whales as the primary mysticete target of whalers.
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whales are among the few species of baleen whales not decimated by commercial whaling during the 20th century, and some scientists have hypothesized that their large numbers are hampering the recovery of deleted species, such as blue, fin and humpback, which may compete for krill.
eat small fish and will come within metres of the shoreline.
It aims to establish whether minke
whales specifically are actually in decline or simply moving further into pack ice habitats out of sight from research vessels.
The 40ft minke
was discovered washed up by locals on the Maharees Peninsula in West Kerry.
SYDNEY - Almost all of the mature female minke
whales Japan killed in the Antarctic Ocean last year were pregnant, Japan's whaling research body acknowledged Thursday, saying the fact supports their argument the population is thriving and a return to commercial whaling is viable.
But today we were just six miles off the Irish coast, with the promise of minke
, fin, humpback and sei whales, which are attracted by the vast quantities of sprat and herring and warmer-than-usual Irish waters.
There is no evidence" for such an idea, says geneticist Steve Palumbi, who surveyed the meat of minkes
The whales now being slaughtered are part of the same North Atlantic population of minkes
which regularly appear in British waters.
If taking 250 minkes
is not going to have any negative effect on minke
whale stocks around Iceland, how can they claim it is going to increase the annual cod catch?
Both Norway and Japan have lodged reservations against the listing of minkes
in the convention, thereby allowing the trade to proceed legally.
are relatively plentiful; Japan harvests 440 a year in the Antarctic as well as those in the North Pacific.
She determined that individual minkes
could be identified, though not as easily as humpback or killer whales.