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Researchers confirm that as yet unnamed whale sighted by Japanese fishermen was previously unknown to science.
Scientists have confirmed that a mysterious, unnamed species of beaked whale roams the northern Pacific Ocean. Sightings of the creature, which has a bulbous head and a beak like a porpoise, had been reported by Japanese fishermen, who call them karasu or ravens, but it was previously unknown to science. It has yet to be given a formal scientific name.
Japan has announced it will resume whaling in the Antarctic early next year after a break of more than a year.
The decision comes despite an International Court of Justice (ICJ) ruling that Japan cease all whaling.
The Japanese government says it has taken into account the court ruling and its “scientific” whaling programme will be much smaller.
But the announcement has been condemned by environmental groups and the Australian and UK governments.
“We do not accept in any way, shape or form the concept of killing whales for so-called ‘scientific research’,” said Australian Environment Minister Greg Hunt.
“We are deeply disappointed with Japan’s decision to restart whaling in the Southern Ocean,” said the UK environment ministry, Defra. “This undermines the global ban on commercial whaling which the UK strongly supports.”
[Original article came from the BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-34952538 ]
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On the 15th of November the National Whale Centre opened its Display and Development Hub at Building no. 1, London Quay, Picton, on the foreshore.
The creation of the National Whale Centre is the result of many years of research into the creation of a Picton Foreshore attraction which addresses the unique position of New Zealand as an ocean nation with a 172 plus years history of whaling and subsequent shift to more sustainable aquamarine industries and associated ecotourism ventures.
At the same time 2014 is the 50th anniversary of the cessation of commercial whaling in New Zealand waters with the closure of whaling activities in Cook Strait.
The launch of a National Whale Centre as a virtual museum some two years ago was the first step in establishing an internationally connected institution that links the general public, interactive travellers, cetacean experts, museums and environmental organisations through an information sharing portal.
The NWC has now reached stage 2 of its long term programme, courtesy of a Lottery Grants Board contribution.