Australian scientists working to put an end to whale hunt

Japan insists that they kill humpback whales in their annual hunt because they need to collect "scientific data".  Their scientists say that by killing whales, they can determine details of whales' genetic makeup.  Australian scientists are quickly working to refute those arguments, and are developing methods to do detailed genetic studies without harming, or even touching, live whales.

Dr. Peter Harrison, of Southern Cross University, have developed a way to garner genetic information from the tiny skin flakes a whale leaves behind when it breaches.  The flakes are collected with a seive and analyzed.  So far, Dr. Harrison and his team can determine the sex and approximate age of each whale, as well as detailed relationship data.  As more and more data is revealed, it will put an end to any need for Japan to hunt for the purpose of "science".

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