Japan whalers hunting humpback whales

  • Updated: November 17, 2007 - 2:55 PM

Japan's whaling fleet was set to leave port today for its biggest-ever scientific whale hunt in the South Pacific, with orders to kill up to 50 humpback whales -- the first known large-scale hunt for the species since a 1963 moratorium put humpbacks under international protection. The hunt is certain to renew Japan's angry standoff with anti-whaling forces.

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