The Japanese government continues to hunt whales in an internationally agreed whale sanctuary under the guise of scientific research. This year, they aimed to kill almost 1000 whales.
Greenpeace sent its ship Esperanza to the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary in January to confront the whalers, but this was preempted by a deadly fire onboard the Japanese whaling fleets whale processing ship which threatened the pristine Antarctic environment and cut short the whaling season. Japans total take of whales from the Southern Ocean in 2006 was 505 minke whales and 3
endangered fin whales. Next year, they intend to add endangered humpback whales to their target list.