Whale Poaching in Japan
Whales are migratory species that takes time to mature, and have high value for both tourism and whalers. Since the International Whaling Commission (IWC) banned commercial whale poaching in 1986, Japan has killed over 10,000 of these endangered marine mammals. Hunted for their blubber and meat, the Japanese whalers had been killing tons of minke whales, fin whales and some sperm whales each year in the North Pacific and Southern Ocean Sanctuary before it was ruled as illegal. See also Megalodon Shark: The Largest Predator That Ever Lived and the Historical Timeline of Japan.