Japanese whalers may target white humpbacks off Australia

Date: 1/12/2007

Japanese whalers refused to say if they will target white humpback whales, such as Migaloo which annually travels along the east coast of Australia, in their research slaughter this summer. Japan, which uses a loophole in International Whaling Commission laws to hunt almost 1000 whales each year in the southern hemisphere, allegedly for scientific research, will target humpbacks for the first time this summer. Migaloo, which translates as White Fella, is believed to be the only completely white humpback whale in the world and is often spotted among the humpbacks which form the basis of Australia’s whale-watching industry.

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