The Japanese are continually lambasted for their modest whale hunting activities. This is because there is nothing that liberals love more than anthropomorphising nature and then morally signalling about how someone is raping it, while sipping on their lattes made from coffee beans ripped from the heart of the bleeding Amazon.
But now it seems that the Japanese were right all along as whale numbers are reported to be exploding, as indicated by sightings of massive groups of humpback whales swarming off the coast of South Africa. Popular Science reports:
Humpback whales are normally pretty solitary—scientists used to call groups of 10 to 20 “large.” Now they’re congregating in groups of 20 to 200 off the coast of South Africa. Something is definitely going on here, but so far experts are stumped. In fact, Humpback whales aren't supposed to be hanging out in that region in the first place. Humpbacks migrate up to tropical waters to breed, but they typically feed down south in the icy waters of Antarctica this time of year. Yet scientific expeditions keep seeing these super-pods, which were finally compiled and published at the beginning of March in the journal PLOSone.
In the past many whale species were nearly hunted to extinction, so the 1982 moratorium on whale hunting was a sensible measure. But since then countries like Japan, Norway, and Iceland have argued that whale numbers have dramatically recovered, and have called for a resumption of sustainable commercial whaling.
During this time the Japanese have continued hunting some whales under the excuse of carrying out "scientific research," something that has made the country a pariah with save-the-whale fanatics.