Japan whalers travelled as far as the North Atlantic or even to the Antarctic, killing about 500 whales
Ultimately, the resumption of the traditional whaling may end up saving both huge government subsidies and the lives of many whales
, experts say.
Interestingly, the impressive and large concentration of whales
off Sri Lanka may not be of a population that migrates seasonally.
A 34-FOOT-LONG whale
that washed ashore dead on the beach in Gwadar two days ago was quietly buried by municipality workers on Tuesday afternoon before its body could be examined by experts, sources told Dawn.
Earlier, this week an 8-meter sperm whale
was found dead off Sardinia with 22 kilograms of plastic in its belly.
Day is celebrated annually to raise awareness of these majestic creatures and their plight.
Neatly lining up sliced whale
meat to make "jerky" in the wintry sea breeze, Tetsuya Masaki says whaling is just part of daily life in his tiny Japanese community of Minamiboso.
Japan vowed to forge ahead with commercial whaling of minke and other whales
off its coast but said it was stopping its most provocative whaling - annual Antarctic expeditions that used an IWC loophole permitting hunting for scientific research.
got their name because they were the "right" whale
to hunt: they are slow, come close to shore, and float when they are dead.
A persistent opinion within the IWC - mainly among anti-whaling nations - continues to regard whales
as 'a special creature.' There is an obstinate barrier to resuming commercial whaling.
In 1985, the International Whaling Commission enacted a law that prohibited commercial whaling, or hunting whales
for food in every country.
Both toothed and baleen whales
are part of a larger family called cetaceans.
inhabiting the Arabian Sea are the most genetically distinct humpback whales
in the world - and may be the most isolated whale
population on earth - according to the Environment Society of Oman (ESO).
According to statement on Thursday, Iqrar Mohammad, a trained fisherman and captain of Al Azaan fishing boat informed that he observed a pod of five whales
feeding in waters about 15 km off Hajamro Creek near the mouth of the Indus River.
, also known as mysticetes, are the largest animals on earth, and include blue whales
, minke whales
, right whales
, gray whales
and fin whales
, Khaleej Times reported.