Kealoha Pisciotta, Roxanne Stewart, and Kai Palaoa LLC said that they simply conducted a traditional Hawaiian sea burial of a melon-headed whale Peponocephala electra , a member of the dolphin family that died after the NOAA left the scene without giving them further instructions in June at Kawaihae, on the big island of Hawaii. It is also illegal to transport marine mammals on the high seas. However, Native Hawaiian cultural practices are also protected by the Hawaiian State Constitution and by federal protections of freedom of religion, advocates say. Whales and marine mammals are considered sacred to Native Hawaiians because they represent deities and the ancestors of the Native Hawaiians. Pisciotta and Stewart assert that the NOAA was there that day but then left before the whale died at a.
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South Korea says whaling is a longstanding cultural tradition. Anti-whaling activists regularly harass Japanese vessels engaging in their annual whale hunt in the Southern Ocean off Australia and Antarctica, with the two sides sometimes clashing violently. At least one activist boat has sunk in recent years. In Seoul, a government official said South Korea abided by international regulations and it would be up to the IWC to assess its proposal.
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The cause of death? The findings by the team pales in comparison to the dead whale which had washed ashore Indonesian waters in November last year. The 80 plastic bags found in a dead whale in Thailand also does not come close to the 40kg found in this whale. The staff of D'Bone Collector Museum discovered several plastic items: 16 rice sacks, 4 banana plantation style bags and many shopping bags. Sixteen rice sacks total.
The industry is tiny, but for Tokyo, it is part of a much bigger picture. TAIJI, Japan -- Fishermen in the village of Taiji are counting the days until July, when they will be able to hunt large, fatty minke whales commercially for the first time in decades. The community, which faces the Pacific coast of central Japan, is still haunted by its moment in the international spotlight 10 years ago, when the documentary "The Cove" criticized its dolphin culls and attracted a flood of activists.