Environment

Humpbacks Spared, Minkes Not So Lucky

The IntersectionBy Sheril KirshenbaumDec 23, 2007 3:56 PM

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Last month, everyone was up in arms as Japan launched its fleet off Antarctica in the first major hunt of humpbacks since the 1960s. The move wasn't great for public relations, and would you know it... turns out all the hullabaloo has made a difference:

'Giving in to U.S. pressure and worldwide criticism, Japan's government on Friday announced a whaling fleet now in the Southern Ocean for its annual hunt will not kill the threatened species as originally planned. The fleet will, however, kill some 935 minke whales, a smaller, more plentiful species, and 50 fin whales.' Good news for a threatened species. Of course, for minke whales (pictured), 'scientific whaling' still means troubled waters. Read more over at Correlations.

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