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Finless Porpoise Under Siege in Korean Seas

Finless Porpoise Under Siege in Korean Seas

ULSAN, Jan. 12 (Korea Bizwire) – Korean waters have become dangerous habitat for finless porpoises, sometimes referred to in Korea as “smiling whales” for their grinning faces.  According to the Ulsan Coast Guard, a total of 9,710 whales died in the five-year period from 2011 to 2015 from either illegal poaching or unintended catch in [...]

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 [...]