Thursday, December 6, 2007

Activists fear for humpback whales

A Japanese whaling fleet leaves for an expedition activists say will for the first time target humpback whales.

The Nisshin Maru, the 8,000-tonne flagship of Japan's whaling fleet, left Shimonoseki port for the Antarctic along with catcher boats around midday on Sunday, environmental group Greenpeace said, adding that others in the fleet were expected to follow soon.