Environment: Battling for the Leviathans

Some significant steps are taken to save the whales

To environmentalists, Interior Secretary James Watt sometimes seems to be an avenging Ahab, citing the Bible and warring against nature. But that image may be unfair. Last week, with the Secretary's blessing, the U.S. came to the help of Watt's surprising friends, the whales.

The occasion was the annual meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC) in the English seaside resort of Brighton. On the street, save-the-whales demonstrators waved placards, chanted slogans and even floated a 110-ft. inflatable whale named Big Flo. Inside the Victorian-style...

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