Environment: Victory at Sea

A pirate whaler is rammed

Of all the ships still slaughtering whales, none is more loathed by conservationists than the infamous Sierra. Flying the Cyprus flag and owned by a shadowy Liechtenstein-based company, possibly with Japanese interests, the pirate whaler ignores all whaling agreements, hunts indiscriminately and makes its kills in a particularly cruel way: instead of the explosive-tipped harpoons used by most whalers, it employs the unarmed type. These do less damage to whale meat but only prolong the agony of the great mammals, often attracting other whales who, in trying to...

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