As we await the outcome of Australia's whaling case against Japan at the International Court of Justice in the Hague, we are again faced with the spectacle of Japan and Sea Shepherd clashing in the Antarctic Whale Sanctuary.
The Australian Government promised during the election campign to send a monitoring vessel but have not done so. They also promised a surveillance aircraft which has only been reported in the area once during the current season. It seems the Australian Government and other Governments are content to leave the whaling protests to Sea Shepherd supported by the Public.
There are good reasons why Japan ought to leave the IWC, read why in 'Why think of Whales at Christmas'.
The fundamental conservation issues for Cetacea that Member Nations of the IWC must devote time and energy to are clearly set-out in the 'Conservation and Values - Global Cetacean Summary Report' prepared by the Australian Government.
Check out the 60 Minutes story - 'The Humpback' which features the research of Trish and Wally Franklin in Hervey Bay and the Whales of Hervey Bay.
Get your Community involved in the Humpback ICON Project and check Help Save Our Humpbacks for information about what you can do to continue pressure to help the Eastern Australian Humpback Whales.
On iWhales.org you will find movies, sounds and photography of Eastern Australian Humpbacks recorded during our Annual Whale Research Expedtions in Hervey Bay which are available as DVD's or downloadable films.
The 60 minute Audio CD Album titled 'Songlines - Songs of the Eastern Australian Humpbacks' featuring 'Migaloo' is now available and can be purchased online.
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Humpback Migration Icon film: