Lots of news stories about Whales at the moment.
A Japanese fleet has set sail with instructions to kill up to 1000 Whales including 50 Humpbacks for "scientific research". This is the first time anyone has hunted Humpbacks since a moratorium since 1963.
The Japanese want to kill 1000 whales (900 Minke Whales plus Humpbacks and Fins) and maintain that Humpback numbers are returning to sustainable numbers and that killing the whales will enable them to study the internal organs.
Meat from the hunt will be sold commercially but Japanese officials deny that the mission intends making a profit.
Tokyo argues that whaling is an ancient Japanese tradition, and has pushed unsuccessfully at the International Whaling Commission to reverse the 1986 moratorium on commercial whaling.
And in my opinion lets hope that they keep failing. Whales are magnificent creatures and don't deserve such a fate.
The Whale and Dolphin conservancy Society reports that endangered Humpback and Fin Whales maybe being affected by climate change. Whales were found much further North than would have been expected. Both species were found North of the Bering Straits.
And lastly the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group has a piece on Wouter the juvenile Humpback Whale who in the past 6 months has completed a round trip of EU waters.