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A nonprofit organization engaging in coastal whaling said it hunted 19 minke whales off the coast of Miyagi Prefecture this year, the lowest number since the whaling for research purposes started there in 2003.

Toshihiro Mogoe, who led the whaling team, also said Wednesday the number of whales witnessed by the team was a record-low 33, as a result of low water temperatures.

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