Japan whaling ships leave for Antarctic hunt

Two Japanese whaling ships and a surveillance vessel left Saturday for the annual hunt in the Antarctic Sea, Kyodo News said.

The three ships departed from the western port of Shimonoseki to join other ships to hunt up to 935 Antarctic minke whales and up to 50 fin whales through March, the news agency said.

The Fisheries Agency had kept secret the departure date of the whaling fleet as a precaution against obstruction by militant antiwhaling groups such as Sea Shepherd, Kyodo said.

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