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Environment

Japan rejects Australian, NZ, attempt to rein in whale hunt


Three minke whales dead on deck the Japanese ship Nisshin Maru in the Southern Ocean on January 6, 2014.

ANDREW DARBY Japan has rejected an attempt by anti-whaling nations, including Australia, to clamp down on its controversial Antarctic "research" kill.

Struggle to rein in Japan's plans for a new 'scientific' whaling program

Three minke whales dead on deck the Japanese ship Nisshin Maru in the Southern Ocean on January 6, 2014.

ANDREW DARBY International dispute developing at International Whaling Commission meeting to mesh landmark court ruling with future permits.

Beached whales point to population rebound

Dead humpback whale at Wallabi Point on the NSW Mid-North Coast.

PETER HANNAM Two dead humpback whales have washed up on NSW beaches in recent days, prompting a reminder for swimmers to avoid getting too close to the giant “shark magnets”.

Alarms do not deter whales from fishing lines and nets: study

SH NEWS. August 7, 2014. Humpback whales in Sydney on August 5, 2014. Photo: www.whalewatchingsydney.com.au

NICKY PHILLIPS Whales, it seems, just do not want to listen. Even when it is for their own good.

New Zealand takes lead in bid to prevent Japan from whaling again in the Southern Ocean

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ANDREW DARBY New Zealand is taking the lead from Australia against Antarctic whaling, with a plan that could prevent the Japanese hunt from being renewed in late 2015.

Government quiet on whaling ahead of Abe visit

Small catch: Minke whales dead on the deck of the Japanese factory ship Nisshin Maru.

ANDREW DARBY Labor says it will raise Antarctic whaling with visiting Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe this week, as the Abbott Government withholds any plan to broach the thorny issue.

Slow down, whales crossing

Scars from a revolving propeller mark the skin of a humpback whale nicknamed Bladerunner.

ANDREW DARBY These are the whales we'd rather not see. Their bodies are graphically scarred, even sliced apart - not by whalers but by ships in Australian waters.

Nature's wonders beat wild weather

Surfers are required to stay at least 100 metres away from whales.

Surf and snow coaxed a few surprise guests out of hibernation on Sunday.

Whale harassed by surfers off Freshwater beach

Surfers are required to stay at least 100 metres away from whales.

ROSE POWELL Surfers have been warned to steer clear of a large southern right whale at Freshwater beach after they were seen within metres of the animal.

Migaloo the all-white whale returns to Sydney

Migaloo whale watching off Botany.Click for more photos

Migaloo the all-white whale returns to Sydney

Features

Play time

Humpback whales put on a show in Sydney Harbour. .

Here's looking at you

Whales seem to enjoy leaping out the water to have a look around.

Into the breach

Whale take off just off Sydney's eastern suburbs.

Splash down

Humpback whales were spotted breaching off Long Reef.

Whales pay flying visit

Three humpbacks frolick in the storm off Dover Heights.

Giants come out to play

Six humpbacks cruise north past Sydney.

'It takes a pirate'

A day in the life of a Sea Shepherd crew member.

On board the Bob Barker

The Sea Shepherd ship Bob Barker docks in White Bay ahead of its trip to the Antarctic.

Bob Barker in Sydney

Adorned in a new coat of war paint, the Bob Barker is in Sydney preparing to take on the whalers.

Leaping humpbacks

The whales have returned in all their jumping glory to Sydney waters.

Whalers, activists clash

Japanese whalers release video of what they say is Sea Shepherd attacking one of their ships

Whale ballet

Spectacular sight as two whales breach off Bondi.

Flying whales

A humpback mother and calf frolicking inside Sydney Harbour.

Tail spin

Male humpbacks perform off the coast to display their dominance.

Close encounter

Wildlife photographer Scott Portelli tells the story behind his photo of a baby humpback whale.

Killer whale attack

Dawn Brancheau a trainer at SeaWorld was killed by an orca that pulled her ponytail and dragged her into the water.

Whaling war

Japanese ship the Shonan Maru 2 clashes with protest vessel the Ady Gil in the Antarctic.

Whale spotting

NSW National Parks and Wildlife Services offers advice on the best viewing spots.