Is This the Beginning of an End of Whaling in Japan?

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The Japanese whaling ship Yushin Maru No. 3 approaches a Sea Shepherd's boat on Feb. 4, 2011 in the Southern Ocean, Antarctica.

AP Photo/Sea Shepherd, Simon Age

The annual kerfuffle between Japanese whaling ships and the anti-whaling activists who chase them around Antarctic waters every winter is once again getting its seasonal share of ink and airtime. But this year the familiar scenes from the southerly tug-of-war might have a new victor. (via Ecocentric)

Yesterday, Japan announced they had suspended their whaling activities on Feb. 10 due, officials said, to persistent harassment from the eco activist group the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society.

As of Thursday afternoon, Tokyo still had not said whether they were calling off the hunt for the season, which normally ends in March. But Paul Watson, founder of the Sea Shepherd Conservation Society, said Japan’s whale processing ship had changed course and might be heading home.

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