posted on Dec, 1 2015 @ 09:09 AM
So it seems the Japanese Whaling fleet has set sail for Antarctica to conduct its "research" on up to 333 whales this season.
I heard the story on the radio this morning (BBC) some guy talking about how the Japanese people really don't care for whale meat, sells for a very
low price, actually subsidized by the gov't and some gets turned into dog food.
He also claims their "research" dept. hasn't really published much as far as any discoveries from their "research".
Also the International court of justice has ruled the hunt is not research and should cease.
It is the 8000 ton processing ship Nishin-Maru along with 3 smaller harpoon ships. If anybody has watched Whale Wars we know the name Mishin-Maru.
What gets me about the whole thing is wondering what the budget is for Sea Shepard. The activist lead by Capt. Paul Watson that try to find and
interrupt the whalers. I'm guessing many on board his vessels volunteer but not sure about everybody. Also fuel and food, repairs and gear. Just
everyday operating costs of several vessels can't be cheap.
So I wonder why the people that put up the money to fund them couldn't just offer to pay the whalers to stay home instead? They are in it for the
money only. I have no idea what kind of profits are made whaling but you'd think if the owner of the Nishin-Maru was offered a few million dollars
not to risk any investment and stay in port why wouldn't they?
Or even better, covertly buy the Nishin-maru and wait until it reaches Antarctica and just turn it around.