August 28, 2007


A group of vacationing whale-watchers off the coast of Hokkaido were horrified by the sight of a Japanese whaling boat harpooning and reeling in a whale.  The Baird's Beaked Whale was spouting water from its blowhole before getting harpooned, then dragged to the boat 20 minutes later.

The whale watching crews are concerned, and want to try and find a way to let the whalers do their job, while not harpooning whales in front of their tours.  The whalers say the whale watching boats shouldn't be approaching when they're harpooning, and want a warning issued.

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