The fleet had set sail for the Southern Ocean in December, with plans to kill whales, despite a worldwide moratorium.
A Japanese whaling fleet set sail for the Antarctic last week, despite environmentalists slamming the move as a 'crime against nature.'
From December through March 2016, Japan will kill minke whales worth more than $33 million. But they're priceless to conservationists hoping to save these gentle filter feeders. →
The ruling punishes the firm for repeatedly killing Antarctic minke whales in an Australian Southern Ocean sanctuary.
The country hopes the move will convince international opponents it is conducting genuine scientific research on expeditions in the region.
California blue whales have just become the first whales to recover their population numbers after whaling, which nearly drove the marine mammals to extinction. Continue reading →
Japan plans to allow whaling in the Antarctic Ocean next year, though the International Court of Justice banned the practice in March. Continue reading →
Hunt is the first since the U.N.'s top court ordered Tokyo to stop killing the animals in the Antarctic.
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