The latest news on whales
The island territory already outlawed whaling within its 116,000-sq-mile exclusive economic ocean zone.
The fleet killed a total of 506 minke whales and one fin whale during its expedition.
Sightings of the marine mammals dropped from 25 per year in good years to five a day this season.
The international expedition directly challenges the validity of Japan's annual kill of whales.
Over the past century, whale hunting released 128,000 Hummers’ worth of carbon into the atmosphere.
The IWC is set to determine next week whether to end its moratorium on commercial whaling.
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