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Two whaling vessels left Friday from the port of Shimonoseki, Yamaguchi Prefecture, to hunt whales for scientific research in the Northwestern Pacific through early August.

The Yushin Maru and Yushin Maru No. 2 will later join the mother ship, the Nisshin Maru, which left Habu port in Onomichi, Hiroshima Prefecture, on Wednesday. The whalers will try to harpoon about 260 minke and other types of whales and test their stomach contents and DNA.

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