Scientists head to Antarctica for whale study

Date: 2/2/2010


Eighteen scientists from

Australia,

France and

New Zealand are taking part in the initial six-week voyage to research whales, their food and their interaction with the environment. The research will use non-lethal techniques to study whale ecology and their impact on the ecosystem, Australian Antarctic Division acting chief scientist Steve Nicol said.

Japan has a six-boat whaling fleet in Antarctic waters as part of its scientific whaling programme, allowed by the International Whaling Commission despite a 1986 ban on commercial whaling.

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