Tag - whale



Japan Times
JAPAN / Science & Health
Apr 9, 2023
Whale sharks see in dark due to mutation behind blindness in humans
Triggered by the colder temperatures of deep water, the mutation activates visual pigments that sense blue light, the only color that reaches such depths.
Japan Times
Dec 16, 2019
Ibaraki's Aqua World aquarium plans first whale shark display in eastern Japan
The Ibaraki Prefectural Government is planning to showcase a whale shark at an aquarium in the prefecture, officials said Monday.
Japan Times
Oct 20, 2018
Researchers seek records of whale meat cutting performance in Japan in the '70s and '80s
A whale research group seeks information about public performances in which small whales were cut up for meat in the 1970s and 1980s.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Mar 1, 2018
Scientists dive in to crack the mysteries of the elusive, majestic whale shark
Japan Times
Oct 17, 2017
Airport suddenly opens remote St. Helena of Naoleon fame to outside world, 21st century and the flu
On St. Helena, the remote volcanic outcrop in the South Atlantic where Napoleon breathed his last, big changes are afoot — well, big by St. Helena standards.
Japan Times
Sep 16, 2017
Documentary filmmaker Megumi Sasaki learns to live in the moment in New York
For a long time Megumi Sasaki felt that something did not quite fit.
Japan Times
Sep 6, 2017
Documentarian Megumi Sasaki hopes to bring balance to the story of Taiji in 'A Whale of a Tale'
At the 2010 Academy Awards, a film titled "The Cove" won the Oscar for best documentary. It was a proud moment for producers Fisher Stevens and Paula DuPre Pesmen, director Louie Psihoyos and activist Ric O'Barry, all of whom got on stage to accept the award. It was also the start of an onslaught of bad news for the Japanese town of Taiji in Wakayama Prefecture.
Japan Times
Nov 18, 2016
Japan ships leave on whaling expedition in Antarctic through March
Japanese vessels left Friday to conduct what Tokyo calls "research whaling" in the Antarctic Ocean through March.
Japan Times
Jun 8, 2016
Baird's beaked whale is first catch of season
Fishermen landed the first Baird's beaked whale of the season on Wednesday, local authorities said.
Japan Times
Mar 16, 2016
Prize for photo of man standing on beached whale revoked following backlash
A photo of a man posing atop a beached and seemingly dead whale won a photography award before triggering a backlash that ended with the prize being revoked, the contest's organizer said Wednesday.
Jun 26, 2015
As whale meat consumption falls, efforts afoot to boast its merits
Whale meat as a health supplement or as a potential weapon in the fight against dementia — these are two of the novel ideas conjured up in Japan in a desperate attempt to keep alive the whale meat business with an eye to the future resumption of commercial whaling.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
Jun 5, 2015
Born in captivity, beluga whale calf said fighting for its life in Georgia aquarium
A beluga whale calf born at the Georgia Aquarium last month has stopped nursing, is not gaining weight and appears to be fighting for her life, with officials this week calling her condition "extremely guarded."
JAPAN / Crime & Legal
May 19, 2015
Sushi chef fined for serving whale meat at California restaurant
A sushi chef was sentenced to a $5,000 fine and 200 hours of community service at a U.S. federal district court for serving whale meat to customers at a high-end sushi restaurant in California in 2009 and 2010, an act banned under U.S. law.
Japan Times
WORLD / Science & Health
May 5, 2015
'Lunge feeding' fin whale's oral cavity, nerves elastic, scientists find
When the fin whale gets ready to eat, Earth's second-largest animal opens its mouth so wide that it can gulp an amount of water larger than the volume of its own body as it filters out meals of tiny fish and shrimp-like krill.
Jan 23, 2015
Whale carcass washes up underneath busy Seattle ferry dock
A dead gray whale has floated underneath a busy commuter ferry terminal in downtown Seattle, sending a putrid odor wafting onto the dock and diverting some passenger ferries to another slip, a transportation official said on Thursday.
Japan Times
LIFE / Lifestyle
Jan 10, 2015
Code + culture: New Internet artists from Japan
If the Internet is an ocean, why do we spend so much time floating on its surface? What's really going on down there? Not just in the deepest, darkest trenches, but among the forgotten protocols, faulty algorithms and emerging parameters outside the busy shipping lanes and far from the crowded life rafts of Facebook and Twitter.
WORLD / Crime & Legal
Nov 19, 2014
Owner of closed California sushi spot pleads guilty to selling whale meat
The owner of a shuttered Los Angeles-area sushi restaurant has pleaded guilty to allowing meat from the endangered sei whale to be served at the upscale establishment, in a case that outraged animal rights activists, a federal prosecutor said on Tuesday.
Japan Times
Oct 14, 2014
Researcher aims to bust myth of Japan's 'whale-eating' culture
It is a cliche and it is far from reality: Japanese diners chomping on whale meat over sake.
Aug 18, 2014
A rational conversation on whaling
On both sides of the Japanese whaling debate, there is a pressing need for critical reflection on the logic used and the realities presumed.
Japan Times
BUSINESS / Companies
Apr 3, 2014
Rakuten bans whale meat
Rakuten notifies sellers it will halt all sales of whale and dolphin meat at the end of the month, after a scathing report by the U.K.-based Environmental Investigation Agency.


Hideo Shimoju points to a possible site that his fellow neighbors may relocate to. Such relocations have happened before, but not preemptively.
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