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Humpback whales migrate from the Cook Islands in the South Pacific.

The Great Whale Trail

Whales must not be allowed to die in the thousands for needless, discredited "research," and we're satellite tracking whales in the Southern Ocean to prove it.

The Great Whale Trail is a collaboration between Greenpeace and scientists working on humpback whales in the South Pacific.

With financial support from Greenpeace, humpback whales have been tagged by the Cook Islands Whale Research and Opération Cétacés (New Caledonia). 

The whales are now being tracked via satellite as they migrate from breeding and calving areas in the tropical South Pacific to the feeding grounds of the Southern Ocean.

Check out the early results

This project will produce important information on the movements and migratory destinations of humpback whales from small, unrecovered populations off Rarotonga (Cook Islands) and New Caledonia.

Greenpeace is communicating this critical non-lethal scientific research to the wider public as part of their campaign against Japan's unnecessary lethal "research" in the Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary.

On their journey, the humpbacks, like hundreds of thousands of other whales, face a range of threats including ship strikes, entanglement in fishing gear, pollution and the impacts of climate change.

Every year, more than 300,000 whales and dolphins die just caught in nets. The one place you might think they would be safe is a whale sanctuary like the Southern Ocean. Not so. Once in Antarctic waters they face the threat most easily ended - whaling.

The Southern Ocean Whale Sanctuary was meant to be a safe haven but every year the Fisheries Agency of Japan send a fleet of whaling ships to kill in the name of science. For the third year running they aim to hunt down almost 1,000 minke whales.

This year, they also plan to kill 50 threatened humpback whales and 50 endangered fin whales.

All of these whales will die for so-called 'scientific research' - but even the International Whaling Commission has labelled the "research" needless and urged the Japanese government to stop.

Why catching whales for science is a hoax

In reality, the "research" is commercial whaling in disguise - and the whale meat actually ends up in supermarket shelves in Japan, even though few people eat it anymore. Commercial whaling is banned under IWC rules.

In contrast, the Great Whale Trail project is contributing to real scientific efforts without killing whales.

The latest updates

 

Colombian activity in support of Tokyo Two

Image | 6 September, 2010 at 12:43

Greenpeace activists protests in front of Japans Embassy at Bogota, Colombia. Justice for the whales and the T2.

Tokyo Two - statement of concern

Publication | 5 September, 2010 at 16:28

This is a joint statement of concern by International Non-Governmental Organisations, urging the Japanese government, as well as governments around the world to ensure that Greenpeace activists Junichi Sato and Toru Suzuki are not unjustly and...

Fail Whales

Blog entry by LisaV | 24 June, 2010 4 comments

Karli Thomas, Greenpeace oceans campaigner writes from the IWC meeting in Morocco... The town of Sidi R’bat on Morocco’s Atlantic coast is where the biblical Jonah is said to have been vomited up by a whale. Less than 100km from...

The future of whale conservation

Blog entry by LisaV | 23 June, 2010 1 comment

John Frizell - Greenpeace International whales campaigner writes from the IWC meeting in Morocco,  Greenpeace campaigners at international meetings usually find themselves crammed into chairs at the back trying to listen to the...

Whaling talks fail

Feature story | 23 June, 2010 at 12:57

In response to discussions taking place today at International Whaling Commission meeting in Morocco that signal that there will be no deal, Greenpeace Japan Programme Director Junichi Sato issued the following statement:

Why Greenpeace won’t compromise on commercial whaling.

Feature story | 21 June, 2010 at 14:11

As the International Whaling Commission (IWC) annual meeting begins in Morocco, there has been a flurry of media coverage over a possible ‘deal’ or ‘compromise’. Often the details, and sometimes the central points, can get lost as things are...

Japan’s sordid vote-buying on whaling exposed

Blog entry by nessebag | 15 June, 2010 2 comments

Oceans Campaigner,Willie Mackenzie writes in response to the following Sunday Times piece. So, what’s your price to sell out the whales? Some brown envelopes stuffed with cash? A nice big cheque for development aid? ...

World Oceans Day 2010

Slideshow | 8 June, 2010

On World Oceans Day the Tokyo Two urgently need our help!

Blog entry by LisaV | 8 June, 2010 2 comments

The Tokyo Two trial has just come to end in Japan today with the prosecutor asking the judge to sentence Junichi and Toru to 18 months in jail . This would be the longest jail term for any Greenpeace activist in the organisation’s ...

Tokyo Two face jail with no case to answer

Feature story | 14 May, 2010 at 9:19

Greenpeace anti-whaling activists, Junichi Sato, and Toru Suzuki, appeared in court again today - to face whalers at the heart of Japan's corrupt whaling industry which they exposed. But despite further compelling evidence of government...

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