Climate Change Is Actually Helping Whale Hunters — Here’s How

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Climate Change Is Actually Helping Whale Hunters — Here’s How

By Matt Smith

September 4, 2015 | 8:30 am

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A ship carrying endangered whale meat dodged anti-whaling activists by heading to Japan via the Russian Arctic, a passage conservationists say illustrates another threat posed by a warming climate.

The 260-foot Winter Bay put into Osaka at the end of August with an estimated 1,800 tons of meat from fin whales caught by an Iceland-based company. The conservation group Sea Shepherd, which tries to disrupt whaling operations, followed the Winter Bay as far as the Norwegian port of Tromsø, Sea Shepherd founder Paul Watson told VICE News.

“The Winter Bay stayed in Tromsø until mid-August before leaving,” Watson said. “We couldn’t really do much, because the Norwegians dispatched two of…

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One thought on “Climate Change Is Actually Helping Whale Hunters — Here’s How

  1. How terrible! Frankly, I’m surprised that there are even any whales left at the rate of destruction. I notice the link above from Capt. Watson, from 2015. His unwavering dedication, no compromise stand, should be the norm for all animal groups now. Sadly it is not.

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