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Majority of S. Korean Whale Meat Consumers Want Whaling to Stop

Majority of S. Korean Whale Meat Consumers Want Whaling to Stop

ULSAN, March 22 (Korea Bizwire) — “Though whale meat that is illicitly procured and sold is thought of negatively by South Korean consumers, they buy it without having the means of confirming whether the meat has been gotten through legal channels.” Bradley Tatar, a professor at UNIST and the first non-Korean scholar to analyze Ulsan’s [...]

Korean Fishermen Continue Brutal Whale Hunts Despite International Ban

Korean Fishermen Continue Brutal Whale Hunts Despite International Ban

SEOUL, May 26 (Korea Bizwire) – Korean poachers have been relentlessly pursuing minke whales, called the ‘Lotto of Oceans’ by fishermen, due to the stratospheric prices they often fetch – a single minke whale can sell for between 30 million won and 60 million won. Market prices for minke whales have skyrocketed since 1986, when the [...]

Why Do Large Mammals Such as Minke Whales Rarely Get Cancer?

Why Do Large Mammals Such as Minke Whales Rarely Get Cancer?

SEOUL, May 19 (Korea Bizwire) – For the first time in history, Korean researchers have analyzed the correlation between minke whale DNA and microsatellites (DNA sections in which genetic bases repeat two to six units and increase the likelihood of mutant genes), and have discovered the reason why large mammals are less susceptible to cancer.  [...]