Japanese fisherman killed a minke whale who was trapped in nets in the port of Taiji. Animal lovers had been watching the heartbreaking situation for weeks – hoping that someone would cut the nets and free the young whale. But that did not happen. As reported by The Guardian, the whale was shot with an exploding harpoon early Monday morning.
Humane Society International has indicated that they are “devastated” and “horrified” by the unnecessary killing. The Dolphin Project, which had been following the situation and posting video of the whale, writes:
Taiji: The hunting boats have returned to the harbor empty handed. Although wild dolphins are safe today, LIA confirmed earlier that minke whale that was trapped in the set fishing nets for over 2 weeks was killed this morning. We are currently working on transferring data and hope to share footage and photos of this as soon as possible. Jan. 11, 2021
The whale got trapped inside of the nets (which are left in place year-round) at Christmas. Observers saw one “half-hearted” attempt by fisherman to free the whale from the death trap.
Find the prior article about this situation here.
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