Thursday, January 10, 2008

Sperm Whale Hunt Closed-Japans Fleet Turns Back

TOKYO, Japan (CNM) -- Researchers aboard Japanese whaling vessels have "completely halted" their much-criticized hunt for Sperm Whales in the seas near Antarctica, after finding "something unusual" in a freshly harvested whales stomach.

"On Monday we received frantic reports of a human like form inside a whale", said the chief Japanese government spokesman Hachimura Mobutatka.

Sperm Whales are known to feed on Giant Squid in Antarctic waters and remains of these massive cephalopods as long as 120 feet have been recovered.

Meanwhile, the International Whaling Commission, having received the same "stunning reports", have halted all whaling activities in Antarctica by it's members.

The IWC chairman has asked Japan not to hunt Sperm whales in the foreseeable future until lab tests are completed on the "human like form" found inside the dead whale.

"We're happy about the whaling fleet pull out, amazed by the news...and just a little bummed", said David Greenwright spokesman for the Environmental Whaling Coalition. The groups members had planned to put themselves between harpoon and whales, using water jets to block harpoon shots. "Now we're back in New Zealand with nothing to do".

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Rogue Killer Shark-Suffolk Britain

You have to love this quote from Britains Daily Mail today:

"Great White shark feared to be on a killing spree off the Suffolk coast.The National Oceanography Centre in Southampton is now very keen to analyze pictures taken of the porpoise to try to establish if it was killed by a rogue killer shark."

"Rogue" killer shark?

If this was a GWS, which is highly unlikely, chances are it was doing what 100 million years of evolution has prepared it for. That is to prey on seals and dolphins. The reporters take on this predation is typical slow-cycle media hysteria.

By defining this animal as a "rogue killer shark", the implication is this animal does not belong in the waters off the coast of Suffolk and it should not be feeding on wildlife.

The sad fact is that 70 million sharks are being hacked apart-each year- for just their fins. It is high time those in the media began to re-define the term "rogue killer" when presenting sharks and their all too natural predations to the public.

Great whites are magnificent ocean predators...not "rogue killers".

Let's all try and have a little sympathy for the devil.

Patric Douglas CEO
Shark Diver
Isla Guadalupe Conservation Fund