Whale watch

Opposing Japan's whaling program is 'eco-imperialism'

Tension: Japan has come under fire for its whaling program in the past.

Elaine Lies   Opposition to Japan's whaling programme is a kind of "eco-imperialism" that imposes one value system on another and is based on emotion, not science - much the way killing elephants is now opposed, Japan's top whaling official said on Wednesday.

Japan to expand its Antarctic whaling area

Japan proposes to hunt 333 minke whales from the end of 2015.

Andrew Darby   Japan is to vastly expand its Antarctic whaling area, and take 333 minke whales, under a  scientific research plan to replace the program ruled illegal at Australia's request.

Whale caught in shark nets off Queensland coast

Whale trapped in netting near Rainbow Beach.

A baby whale has been caught in shark nets off Rainbow Beach near Queensland's Sunshine Coast.

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

Deaf to warning: Humpback whales in Sydney in July.

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.

Slow moving 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.

Whales put on a show as late-season warmth rolls on

Humpback whales frolic off Bondi.

Leesha McKenny   Many beachgoers lured to the coast by Sydney's balmy conditions were in for a treat on Saturday, with as many as 10 humpback whales turning out to mark the start of Sydney's whale-watching season.

Japan strikes back on whaling

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Andrew Darby   Japan has laid out a roadmap back to commercial whaling in its first comprehensive response to the International Court of Justice ban on its Antarctic "scientific" hunt.

Japan will 'redesign' Antarctic whaling program to make it more scientific

Japan's Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries Minister Yoshimasa Hayashi

Japan could have harpoon ships back in the Southern Ocean next year, giving a bullish response to a UN ruling calling its whaling a commercial hunt masquerading as research.

Abbott urged to ensure Japan abides by International Court's whaling decision

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Andrew Darby   The Abbott government has been warned it must ensure that Japan abides by an International Court of Justice ban on Antarctic whaling after lawmakers in Tokyo passed a resolution effectively rejecting the judgment.

Japan's whalers expect to return to Antarctic

Andrew Darby   Japan's whalers expect to return to the Antarctic, despite losing an International Court of Justice (ICJ) case Australia brought against them that bans their hunt.

Japanese whalers plan new Antarctic hunt

Sea Shepherd confronts Japanese whalers

Andrew Darby   Japan's whalers expect to return to the Antarctic, despite losing an International Court of Justice case brought against them by Australia banning their current hunt.

Harassed Japan fleet catches fewer whales

The black and white tail of an endangered humpback whale encountered by the Sea Shepherd.

Japan has caught 251 whales in its latest hunt of the Antarctic Ocean, only a quarter of the planned catch partly because of obstruction by anti-whaling groups, the government says.

Bob Brown steps down as Sea Shepherd chairman

Bob Brown.

Former Australian Greens leader has stood down as chairman of anti-whaling group Sea Shepherd.

Japan disappointed but conservationists cheer over ICJ's whaling ruling

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Mark Kenny, Andrew Darby   Prime Minister Tony Abbott remains hopeful that delicately poised Free Trade Agreement negotiations with Tokyo will not be derailed by Australia's win in the International Court of Justice against ''scientific'' whaling.

PM plays down impact of whaling verdict on Australia's relationship with Japan

Judith Ireland   Prime Minister Tony Abbott has played down the impact of the International Court of Justice's whaling decision on Australia-Japan relations, saying the relationship between the two countries, was "much, much, much" bigger than the disagreement.

Japan will abide by court's whaling decision

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James Massola and Andrew Darby   Japan will respect an International Court of Justice order to end its annual Antarctic whale hunt, despite "deep disappointment" with the landmark decision, it said on Monday.

International Court of Justice is ruling on Japanese whaling in Antarctica

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The UN's International Court of Justice will rule Monday whether Japan has the right to hunt whales in the Antarctic, in an emotive case activists say is make-or-break for the giant mammal's future.

International Court of Justice upholds Australia's bid to ban Japanese whaling in Antarctica

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Andrew Darby   The International Court of Justice has upheld Australia's bid to ban Japan's Antarctic whaling program.

International Court of Justice upholds Australia's bid to ban Japanese whaling in Antarctica

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Andrew Darby   The International Court of Justice has upheld Australia's bid to ban Japan's Antarctic whaling program.

Bodyboarder injured after colliding with dolphin

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Megan Levy   A bodyboarder has suffered abdominal injuries after colliding with a dolphin in the surf on the NSW south coast, paramedics say.

Sea Shepherd ships thwart Japanese hunt

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Alana Schetzer   Conservationists say they have stopped Japanese whalers from killing any humpback whales.

Decision on Australia's whaling case against Japan due at end of March

Japanese whaling ship, the Yushin Maru No. 1

Andrew Darby   The outcome of Australia's legal bid to end Japanese Antarctic whaling is to be announced at month's end.

Whalers’ blockade breaks factory ship free

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Andrew Darby   A blockade mounted by Japanese whalers has broken the factory ship Nisshin Maru free of Sea Shepherd’s pursuit in the Antarctic.