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Japan's Annual Antarctic Expedition Returns With 333 Whale Carcasses

The country's Fisheries Agency says the trip is conducted each year to further ecological research — which is an exception in a worldwide ban on commercial whaling. Others aren't buying the claim.
The Nisshin Maru, mother ship in the Japanese whaling fleet, returns to port in southwestern Japan on Friday. Source: Kyodo

For the second consecutive year, Japanese whalers have returned to port after an Antarctic expedition with the carcasses of 333 whales. The five-ship fleet, put forth by the country's Fisheries Agency, killed the minke whales during a months-long voyage to southern waters for what it calls ecological research.

The agency

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