Now Japan says Migaloo is safe
Japan, perhaps reacting to growing global protest regarding their annual whale hunt, today broke their silence and said that the rare while humpback whale Migaloo would not be killed. A spokesperson from Japan's Institute of Cetacean Research said it was "absurb" to think that a rare whale would be part of the hunting expedition. It's really not "absurd" at all, because Japan claims that the whale hunt is a "research expedition", and it would be logical to think that a rare mammal would be subject to "research".
Regardless of whether or not Migaloo is spared, Japan will kill 50 other humpbacks, even though there is an international ban on commercial whaling. The hunting vessels were rumored to be leaving port today, but there's been no official word on whether or not that's taken place.