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a culinary cull?

Japanese fishermen appear to be having a whale of a time down in Antarctica as they resume their hunt for the mammoth mammals, specifically for scientific research - and possibly a sandwich or two.

Greenpeace's ship has now returned to base having spent several weeks doing its best to disrupt the expedition.

The Japanese fleet plans to kill about 900 minke whales and 50 fin whales by mid-April for what it says is a scientific research programme.

Back in Japan, the laboratory awaits....

The test tubes are under the fancy napkins.

And the scientists are also looking forward to getting down to work....

A Japanese chef scientist adds the final touches chemical in a bid to see whether whale blubber can be used in desserts plasma television screens.

According to this website, the Japanese government claim to have "...scientific proof that commercial whaling of certain species would not have a negative effect on the species as a whole."

But try telling that to the whales....

The ongoing research is designed to determine things such as population numbers.

But there is growing evidence that the whales are staging a fightback....

Some people believe that soon after the expedition returns from the Antarctic in April, the whales will quickly find themselves back between the burger buns.

Whale burgers - too cute to eat?

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On Sunday, 03 February, 2008, Anonymous Michaels said:

That harpoon...it's not the BCG jab I had (to have) in school, is it? Nah, I think my needle was bigger.

And why's that che...scientist in my pyjamas?  

On Sunday, 03 February, 2008, Blogger Alex said:

That's good!

Now we can translate it into Hindi and substitute cows for whales, the scene taking place in any country with a beef industry.  

On Monday, 04 February, 2008, Blogger ターナー said:

It doesn't even taste that good...  

On Monday, 04 February, 2008, Anonymous GAPS said:

I know I only eat beef out of a lifelong research project into the effect of beef on the average human diet!  

On Tuesday, 05 February, 2008, Blogger tornados28 said:

Do you know any good restaurants, I mean laboratories, that are serving, I mean researching the whales? I am looking for a good place to go for Valentine's Day.

You know, labs are the new popular romantic getaway.  

On Thursday, 07 February, 2008, Anonymous Alex Case said:

Who would've thought whale hunting could be so funny?  

On Wednesday, 13 February, 2008, Blogger Mike said:

certainly, not I alex!  

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