Japan cut their whale killing season short and instead of massacring 900 minke whales, they had to content themselves with less than a third of that figure.
Japan has ended its whaling season with less than a third of its annual target, said the country's Fisheries Agency.
The whaling ships headed home from the Antarctic Ocean this week with 266 minke whales and one fin whale, falling short of its quota of about 900.
The agency blamed "sabotage" by anti-whaling activists for the shortfall.
Their "scientific research" this year seems to have been hampered by the activists' activities. The Japanese say they kill whales to study them (ehem).
Japan conducts "legal research" on whales each year, but activists say it is a cover for commercial whaling banned under an international treaty. The official Japanese agency said that poor weather and sabotage by activists caused the reduction in whales taken.
Good news indeed!
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