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Whale harpooned, hauled in by Japanese boat in front of whale-watching tourists
Mainichi Daily News ^ | August 25, 2007 | staff

Posted on 08/27/2007 12:55:37 PM PDT by Reagan is King

SAPPORO -- Eco-tourists on a whale-watching vessel, looking forward to observing the mighty creatures in their natural habitat, were instead greeted by the sight of a harpooned whale being dragged in by a Japanese whaling vessel on Friday.

At about 10:44 a.m. on Friday, a whale was spotted spraying water from its blowhole near a whaling boat, about 3.5 kilometers away from the whale-watching vessel off the coast of Hokkaido's Shiretoko Peninsula. But when the vessel approached, the passengers on board found that the whalers had harpooned the Baird's beaked whale, and it was hauled in by the whaling boat about 20 minutes later.

About 20 passengers on the whale-watching vessel looked on, voicing their pity as the whale was captured. A French woman who was on the vessel with her husband reportedly said the experience made her feel ill.

There were two other whale-watching boats nearby, but one of them left after a child started crying.

The 46-year-old captain of the passenger vessel was disappointed by the incident, which took place about 14 kilometers east of Rausu Port in Hokkaido.

"It's my job to show people whales and it's the whalers' job to catch them, but I wonder how this can be avoided," he said.

One of the two whaling companies operating the whaling ship, meanwhile, filed a protest against the whale watching vessel with the Rausu town government.

"The passenger boat approached us, which was extremely dangerous. We think this could be considered dangerous sailing, and we want you to issue a warning," the protest said. (Mainichi)


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: harpooned; whale; whalewatchers
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To: quark

Hey, I had that plus a little more on my tag line and the big Freeper in the Sky made me take it off.


51 posted on 08/27/2007 1:47:50 PM PDT by U S Army EOD (Say Cheese.)
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To: Red Badger

I wouldn’t want to see a swimming chicken harpooned from one of those ships.


52 posted on 08/27/2007 1:49:20 PM PDT by U S Army EOD (Say Cheese.)
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To: EternalVigilance

You win. You’re the punniest.


53 posted on 08/27/2007 1:51:41 PM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: Reagan is King
A French woman who was on the vessel with her husband reportedly said the experience made her feel ill.

Exactly how we Americans feel when you Frenchies eat our beautiful horses!!!!

54 posted on 08/27/2007 1:53:15 PM PDT by 11th Commandment
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To: Squawk 8888

Hahahahahaha....

To these “ECO” tourists, just think of it as watching the lion take down the gazelle...

Nature isn’t warm and fuzzy.


55 posted on 08/27/2007 1:54:25 PM PDT by HamiltonJay
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To: Reagan is King

ROTFLMAO!!!

“Honey! Look at the cute whale!”

“THUNK!”

“SHREEEEEIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIK”


56 posted on 08/27/2007 1:58:16 PM PDT by CodeToad
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All your blubber are belong to us!


57 posted on 08/27/2007 2:03:00 PM PDT by Michael_Michaelangelo (The best theory is not ipso facto a good theory.)
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To: Gator101
The scene in Ace Ventura w/ Carey trying to get out of the rhino suit came to mind here. No killing, but hell, watching a baby being born is grosser to me than seeing something (even some humans) being killed. But that's just me.

That scene in Napoleon Dynamite where the farmer shoots the cow right in front of the school bus filled with children just pops into my head reading this.

58 posted on 08/27/2007 2:03:46 PM PDT by Ready4Freddy ("Everyone knows there's a difference between Muslims and terrorists. No one knows what it is, tho...)
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To: Reagan is King

Cooooooool! It’s gotta make a better vacation story than just another boring whale-watching.


59 posted on 08/27/2007 2:06:06 PM PDT by IronJack (=)
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To: Reagan is King

This sounds like something out of South Park...


60 posted on 08/27/2007 2:15:52 PM PDT by DesScorp
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To: Gator101
That scene in Napoleon Dynamite where the farmer shoots the cow right in front of the school bus filled with children just pops into my head reading this.

That's the best scene in the movie.

61 posted on 08/27/2007 2:20:21 PM PDT by Disambiguator (What's the temperature, Albert?)
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To: Reagan is King

How the H_ll did she think people got whale oil, and whale to eat?


62 posted on 08/27/2007 2:23:04 PM PDT by lolhelp
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To: Reagan is King

Life sucks. Then you die.


63 posted on 08/27/2007 2:24:41 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Afghan protest - "Death to Dog Washers!")
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To: 43north
Whale blubber on the beach.
64 posted on 08/27/2007 2:25:27 PM PDT by Disambiguator (What's the temperature, Albert?)
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To: Reagan is King

Sounds like pretty poor planning on the part of whoever organized the outing, not to check with local whalers to avoid this sort of thing. I mean, if I took my kids to the petting-zoo and got there just as the vets where shooting a pony with a broken leg, I’d be pretty upset too. Not to mention my kids.


65 posted on 08/27/2007 2:25:28 PM PDT by SwedishConservative
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To: bmwcyle

Too bad the fhoe bird did not fly over her.


66 posted on 08/27/2007 2:26:20 PM PDT by lolhelp
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To: Red Badger
BUT THESE SAME PEOPLE WOULD HAVE NO PROBLEM EATING A CHICKEN, PIG OR COW?...............

I had no idea that chickens, pigs, and cows were endangered species.

67 posted on 08/27/2007 2:29:07 PM PDT by atlaw
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To: Reagan is King

They could at least have sliced off a couple of pounds and offered them some samples.

“Save the plankton, kill the whales!”


68 posted on 08/27/2007 2:32:47 PM PDT by USMCPOP (Father of LCpl. Karl Linn, KIA 1/26/2005 Al Haqlaniyah, Iraq)
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To: Reagan is King
"It's my job to show people whales and it's the whalers' job to catch them, but I wonder how this can be avoided," he said.

Simple.

The whaling skipper circles in an area while the whale watching boat skippers fan out from that area to look for whales. Upon spotting a whale, the whale watching skipper lets the tourists take their photos, goes away and then radios in the whale's position back to the whaler. The whaling skipper then speeds in and kills the whale just as soon as the whale watching boat goes over the horizon with the tourists looking at their digital photos and rhapsodizing about the wonders of Nature.

What?!?!?

He asked!

69 posted on 08/27/2007 2:38:22 PM PDT by Polybius
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To: dirtboy

“Farm tourists in a Buick LeSabre, looking foward to seeing chickens in their natural habitat, instead got to see a farmer wringing one by its neck.”

When I first read that, I read ‘children’ for ‘chicken’. Shame on me for cracking up...


70 posted on 08/27/2007 2:38:46 PM PDT by gcruse (...now I have to feed the dog as if nothing has happened.)
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To: Squawk 8888; MeekOneGOP; Conspiracy Guy; DocRock; King Prout; Darksheare; OSHA; martin_fierro; ...
WARNING: This thread has not been inspected for Ted Kennedy pix.


71 posted on 08/27/2007 2:43:06 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows ("Be deranged in a consistent manner. Manson was nuts, but at least he was always on message." --dead)
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To: green iguana
I’ve gone whale watching - it was pretty cool. Tho’ I think seeing one get harpooned might be even cooler.

Honestly, those Greenpeace types have NO sense of humor.

We went out on a Boston whale watch. The tour guide told us, "If anyone spots a (shudder) WHALE(squirm), call out!"

Being a cold, grey drizzly November day in my soul, we SE MASS Yankees know _exactly_ what to shout, and, blessed with very good distance vision, it was my lot to see the whale sound way off aport.

"LOWER AWAY, AND AFTER HIM!!!!!!!!!!"

There were a few chuckles, and a few gasps...

72 posted on 08/27/2007 2:43:18 PM PDT by Gorzaloon (Food imported from China = Cesspool + Flavor-Straw™)
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To: Disambiguator

I love the movie, that is the most shocking scene loved every second of it, but that movie is all great scenes. Napoleon’s dance is my favorite.


73 posted on 08/27/2007 2:47:39 PM PDT by Williams
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To: Hacklehead
I would almost pay money to see what happens to someone caught riding a segway in Texas (outside of Austin or Dallas).

It has a gun rack on it!!!

One of the techs that works for me suggested getting one to go between the buildings at our company. I told him he would get beat for sure if he drove one around the company.
74 posted on 08/27/2007 2:52:01 PM PDT by OC_Steve
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To: Reagan is King

Kind of reminds me of the story I heard about the animal-rights people who were protesting at a stock yard when the stock broke through the fence and trampled the protesters.


75 posted on 08/27/2007 2:54:15 PM PDT by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: Reagan is King

Haha....too funny.


76 posted on 08/27/2007 2:59:14 PM PDT by BurbankKarl
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To: absolootezer0

“of course they’ll skip over the fact that we’ll also be able to go back in time to grab a pair if we need to, so its ok to hunt to extinction.”

Here is the fatal flaw in a liberal’s argument regarding nature:

They believe in and support the theory of evolution. Fine, so do many conservatives. In order for evolution to function, extinction must take place. “Survival of the fittest” means there are some who won’t survive. One cannot logically support evolution and oppose extinction. It’s like believing in creation but not God. Logic is kryptonite to a liberal.


77 posted on 08/27/2007 3:03:17 PM PDT by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: Reagan is King

Bet the greens wanted to kill the crew of the whaling vessel.


78 posted on 08/27/2007 3:07:16 PM PDT by fso301
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To: swain_forkbeard

“Do you mean the way people are blubbering over Vick’s dogs?”

If you can’t tell the difference between man’s relationship with whales and dog, you are an effing idiot. That is just about the nicest thing I can think of saying to you after reading your liberally-inspired “moral equivalence” post.


79 posted on 08/27/2007 3:10:32 PM PDT by L98Fiero (A fool who'll waste his life, God rest his guts.)
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To: Reagan is King
One of the two whaling companies operating the whaling ship, meanwhile, filed a protest against the whale watching vessel with the Rausu town government.

Schadenfreude.

80 posted on 08/27/2007 3:14:08 PM PDT by RansomOttawa (tm)
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To: OC_Steve

“It has a gun rack on it!!!

One of the techs that works for me suggested getting one to go between the buildings at our company. I told him he would get beat for sure if he drove one around the company.”

If you want a laugh look up “White and Nerdy” by Wierd Al Yankovic on youtube.


81 posted on 08/27/2007 3:18:34 PM PDT by Hacklehead (I'm not here to make friends.)
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To: Reagan is King

I don’t deny there is something stomache-turning about seeing a mammal slaughtered—especially by a blade—but what did they expect would happen?


82 posted on 08/27/2007 3:26:48 PM PDT by Havisham
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To: HamiltonJay

Oh I don’t know....billions of young krill are sleeping well tonight.


83 posted on 08/27/2007 4:08:54 PM PDT by xp38
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To: Reagan is King
Damn thing it wasn't a hump back, I'm not sure the crew of Star Trek could make it back to save earth without McCoy and Scotty.

Talk about a paradox.

84 posted on 08/27/2007 4:27:45 PM PDT by #1CTYankee (That's right, I have no proof. So what of it??)
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To: 43north

No it wasn’t blubber. It was meat and even looked like steak just more tender and juicy. This was when I was visiting Japan back in 1978. I can understand why they love it.


85 posted on 08/27/2007 5:06:43 PM PDT by Eternal_Bear
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To: Reagan is King
Photo Sharing and Video Hosting at Photobucket
86 posted on 08/27/2007 6:17:17 PM PDT by Dick Vomer (liberals suck....... but it depends on what your definition of the word "suck" is.,)
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To: swain_forkbeard

But you just had to say it for the Halibut.


87 posted on 08/27/2007 9:00:58 PM PDT by mountn man (The pleasure you get from life, is equal to the attitude you put into it.)
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To: atlaw

Here ya' go...we got your endangered chicken...right 'chere.

Attwater's Prairie Chicken

Ok, so it's a actually a grouse. So sue me.

88 posted on 08/27/2007 9:43:56 PM PDT by BlueDragon
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To: Reagan is King

someone in high places has a sense of humor.


89 posted on 08/27/2007 10:32:27 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Hate me, I'm white.)
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To: the invisib1e hand

90 posted on 08/27/2007 10:34:48 PM PDT by the invisib1e hand (Hate me, I'm white.)
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To: Reagan is King
Somewhere Ambrose Bierce is smiling grimly.
91 posted on 08/27/2007 10:43:32 PM PDT by decal ("The Political Advisor Is IN.")
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To: 43north
Have you eaten the meat or the blubber?I found a piece of blubber on the beach in Barrow, AK in June one year after a whale was harvested. It was an 8” cube and had the skin on one side. The blubber was white and looked kind of like rubber with a similar consistency - not at all like any other mammal fat I’ve ever seen.

Have you eaten the meat or the blubber? I found a piece of blubber on the beach in Barrow, AK in June one year after a whale was harvested. It was an 8” cube and had the skin on one side. The blubber was white and looked kind of like rubber with a similar consistency - not at all like any other mammal fat I’ve ever seen.

After laying on the beach for who knows how long it did not have a very appetizing aroma.

But, um, you just said you found it one year after a whale was harvested.. Why do you question how long it had been on the beach? Duh, one year! :^)

92 posted on 08/27/2007 10:53:44 PM PDT by Experiment 6-2-6 (Admn Mods: tiny, malicious things that glare and gibber from dark corners.They have pins and dolls..)
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To: Hacklehead
I would almost pay money to see what happens to someone caught riding a segway in Texas (outside of Austin or Dallas).

There’s a Segway dealership in Hurst (between Ft. Worth and Dallas). It’s next door to the place I buy appliance parts. They have the loneliest looking sales staff I have ever seen. I guess I shouldn’t laugh, but I have to wonder what was going through their head when they decided to open that thing up?

93 posted on 08/27/2007 11:05:56 PM PDT by Stegall Tx ("Hey, I stole a credit card, won the lottery, and all I have to show for it is a prison jump suit!")
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To: L98Fiero

“If you can’t tell the difference...”

Actually, I have been pointing out the difference. That seems to make you angry. Now that you’ve released your anxiety by calling me names, can you tell me if you think our different attitudes toward different animals is based on some moral absolute or on custom and culture?


94 posted on 08/28/2007 4:48:25 AM PDT by swain_forkbeard (Rationality may not be sufficient, but it is necessary.)
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To: BlueDragon

A beautiful bird. And given the general tenor of the posts on this thread, the appropriate conservative position is to just kill them all. Why, I have no idea. But such is the state of modern conservatism.


95 posted on 08/28/2007 7:05:46 AM PDT by atlaw
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To: Hacklehead

I have GOT to go to one of your parties.


96 posted on 08/28/2007 7:23:48 AM PDT by Teacher317
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To: fso301

I think a few roughneck whalers could “handle” several dozen greens.
;)


97 posted on 08/28/2007 2:43:45 PM PDT by Levante
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To: Reagan is King

“A French woman who was on the vessel with her husband reportedly said the experience made her feel ill. “

Did the whale flip her off, perhaps, as it was being towed past the touring vessel?


98 posted on 08/28/2007 2:46:12 PM PDT by Levante
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To: Reagan is King
said the experience made her feel ill.

Comment:

I wonder what this old gal would say about watching an unborn child being butchered (abortion) would the dismemberment make her sick, I think not.

How do you spell boring, WHALE WATCHING.

Whale watching is about as much fun as watching paint dry on a Mexican border fence post and a lot less exciting.

99 posted on 08/28/2007 2:55:27 PM PDT by OKIEDOC (Kalifornia, a red state wannabe. I don't take Ex Lax I just read the New York Times.)
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To: Reagan is King
When I lived in South America, feeling ill is what the locals used to say about the French tourists.

You could always tell from a block away that they were from France because of the body ordor.

Apologies for telling the truth.........

100 posted on 08/28/2007 3:08:52 PM PDT by OKIEDOC (Kalifornia, a red state wannabe. I don't take Ex Lax I just read the New York Times.)
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