But wherefore it was that after having repeatedly smelt the sea as a merchant sailor, I should now take it into my head to go on a whaling
voyage; this the invisible police officer of the Fates, who has the constant surveillance of me, and secretly dogs me, and influences me in some unaccountable way --he can better answer than any one else.
During the high period of commercial whaling
in the 19th century, whales were hunted mostly for their (A) meat; (B) skin; (C) oil.
A total of 2,500 tons of whale meat is estimated to have been consumed in Japan in the period from December 1999 to November 2000, figures released by the Japan Whaling
Association showed Thursday.
This is a preliminary step in the effort by Japan to renew harpooning of gray whales and encourage other countries to resume whaling
so the meat can be sold to Japan.
has been central to the tribe's culture for centuries.
Japan, Norway and Iceland all hunt whales in defiance of a ban on commercial whaling
imposed by the International Whaling
Commission (IWC) in 1986.
season began yesterday and the quota of whales targeted for slaughter, up from 670 in 2004, is the largest set by the Norwegian government since it resumed whaling
in 1993 in defiance of the existing ban on commercial whaling
that came into effect almost 2 decades ago.
Norway--the only nation in the world that has a commercial whale hunt killed 647 minkes, the largest catch since it resumed whaling
a decade ago.
In the first 60 years of the 20th century, commercial whaling
wiped out 97 percent of the Southern Hemisphere's blue whales, note Rodrigo Hucke-Gaete of the Southern University of Chile in Valdivia and his survey team.
Gray whales were once a big name on the endangered species list, hunted from canoes and whaling
ships until their numbers dwindled to little more than 4,000.
The International Whaling
Commission, a 41-nation body to which Japan is a member, banned commercial whaling
However, the International Whaling
Commission (IWC) has made clear that whaling
for scientific research is "an act contrary to the spirit of the moratorium on commercial whaling
" and, in 2003, adopted a resolution asking any country planning to conduct such research whaling
to terminate, or not to begin, such activities.