Environment: Whale Watch

At any hour of day or night the summons may come. Then the young Nisei from California must trudge down to the waterfront in Japan and pitch in at one of the world's oddest jobs: measuring dead whales. "When the mountainous carcasses are cut up, the stench is stifling," says Lawrence Tsunoda, 28, a marine mammalogist from San Diego. "As for the pools of blood, well..."

Tsunoda and Los Angeles Zoologist Eugene Nitta, 24, were hired by the U.S. Department of Commerce this summer to record the sex and length of every catch towed to Japan's seven whaling ports and to send...

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