Whale's body found in Tokyo Bay

TOKYO —

The body of a dead whale was found in Tokyo Bay on Tuesday morning. Officials from a whale research institute said it was a 17-meter-long male fin whale, NTV reported.

The institute said the whale had been dead for several days. Officials were unable to say how the whale’s carcass got into Tokyo Bay. 

Japan Today

  • -2

    Lunchbox

    Gojira?

  • 3

    some14some

    free sample for whale research :(

  • -9

    Mr Sushi

    @some14some.... i knew somebody would make a dumb comment like that as soon as i saw the headline

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    spudman

    i knew somebody would make a dumb comment like that as soon as i saw the headline

    What's dumb about that? The ICR could take tissue sample and find out the cause of death. Maybe there is something toxic in Tokyo bay, or maybe the government would prefer not to release such information.

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    gaijinTechie

    @Spudman: C'mon, Japanese only do whale research at a dinner table.

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    buggerlugs

    @mr sushi. It would be much better for scientific research if they knew why this whale was found dead in Tokyo bay. Unlike their perfectly healthy and free counterparts being slaughtered now in the Antarctic, which die from a harpoon, this one may have chosen to beach itself in the bay which begs a reason.

    The truth is often spoken in jest.

  • -8

    codomo

    Here sea shepard, come and give him a funeral.

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    donkusai

    The comments above raise an interesting question. Just how much whale research does Japan do around its own territorial waters? Cost-wise, it would be far more efficient to research whales locally, or is Japan's whaling research really only focused on restarting commercial whaling, hence all that expense to travel to the other end of the world. It would be an interesting stat to know as it really would reveal how genuine Japan is in regard to this research.

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    Darren Brannan

    Whale deaths can sometimes occur before major seismic activity. Hope not.

  • -1

    MaboDofuIsSpicy

    I think SS towed it in in the middle of the night.

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    ratpack

    C'mon guys everyone knows the whale tried to make a statement (because of its counterparts being slaughtered now in the Antarctic) by beaching itself in Tokyo Bay. (hehehe)

  • 0

    ihope2eatwhales

    My guess is it was mowed down by a container ship etc. This happens regularly around the world.

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    ihope2eatwhales

    donkusai, whale research has been undertaken in both the north pacific and southern ocean for many years. Gathering suitable data to help facilitate the commercial whaling resumption is an important objective in both cases, of course. This case is likely ship strike. Ship strike is the greatest threat to whale populations in the world, and why some species like the Northern Right Whale off the coast of the USA is endangered. Unfortunately eco-terrorist groups distract well-meaning people from this conservation issue with their unnecessary focus on conservative whaling activities.

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    ka_chan

    Whale killing for reseach is BS. What other animal species are studied by slaughtering them? As for the one in Tokyo bay... how about all that radiation released into the ocean by Fukushima. Ship strikes are less a problem than the noisey ships themselves especially the hugh tankers.

  • 0

    Yubaru

    donkusai they don't do research around the main islands of Japan because the water temperatures are too warm for whales to grow the extra layers of fat needed to make the sushi taste all that much better.

  • -2

    zichi

    Dead from radiation?

  • 1

    UncleBudah

    for all those whale meat lovers out there ,,,,"lunch is served"

  • -3

    Elbuda Mexicano

    Darren maybe on to something, sometimes they beach themselves, mass suicides etc..before a big earthquake.

  • -1

    Disillusioned

    ihope2eatwhales - whale research has been undertaken in both the north pacific and southern ocean for many years. Gathering suitable data to help facilitate the commercial whaling resumption is an important objective in both cases, of course.

    You didn't finish the statement! Their research showed there are not sufficient numbers of whales left in the northern pacific to hunt whales commercially, hence their trips down south.

    My guess would be the whale was hit by a ship. Fin whales are the slowest of the whales and are somewhat 'donkusai'. :D

  • 2

    cactusJack

    Coming to a supermarket near you.

  • 0

    willynilly

    manna

  • -1

    gogogo

    Where in Tokyo Bay?

  • 0

    Joseph Itakura

    It should be eaten in the name of science!!

  • 1

    willynilly

    Where in Tokyo Bay?

    Easy delivery distance to Tsukiji fish market.

  • -3

    ExportExpert

    Fell off the side of a whaling ship returning from the scientific research perhaps, or simple hit by a ship, yeah a whaling ship.

  • -1

    Dennis Bauer

    @some14some not fresh enough! for scientific research off course

  • -2

    Nicky Washida

    suicide protest?

  • -1

    marcelito

    Hey - whales in Tokyo bay - I guess the whaling fleet can just start making their way back here - they can do their research " nice and close to home then. Saves a whole lot of money that can go to Tohoku, ne?

  • -2

    SquidBert

    suicide protest?

    Nicky, my thought's exactly. This will later be remembered as the spark that started the Cetacean spring.

  • -2

    lostrune2

    Fresh giant sushi!!!

  • 0

    Al Stewart

    The Whales are protesting now.

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    kwatt

    Its body has many small injuries like cuts. Boat or ship must have run over it. It happens sometimes.

  • 1

    SwissToni

    ihope2eatwhales, Right Whales were hunted to near extinction, it isnt ship strike that reduced their population to its parlous state.

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    smithinjapan

    They won't use this one for research because it wouldn't be fresh on the plate.

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    WilliB

    This would be something for researchers. Any bets that none of them turns up?

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    oginome

    @Spudman: C'mon, Japanese only do whale research at a dinner table.

    Nobody eats whales that are beached. They gather anaerobic bacteria and cause illness when eaten.

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    Jannetto

    Officials were unable to say how the whale’s carcass got into Tokyo Bay.

    Swam pre-death or washed in on the tide post-mortem would be reasonable guesses. So are they just leaving it there to rot? In most countries, researchers would be all over it, great opportunity. But I guess they're all busy in the southern oceans.

    As for the quake warning theory- NZ gets tons of cetacean strandings, far more than they ever get quakes, and New England gets a fair few and they're not really in a quake zone at all.

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    ExportExpert

    Although it is not clear how the whale entered Tokyo Port, the Tokyo Coast Guard Office believes its tail or other body parts may have somehow gotten trapped in the propeller of a large freighter, which carried it there.

  • 1

    Nessie

    Wasn't me.

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    ihope2eatwhales

    If ship strike of northern right whales is eliminated, I believe the northern right whale can eventually recover.

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    nicknack

    The high seas can be a danger place. And if the behaviuor of a vessl is causing distress to another vessel, they should be delt with, end of story. They have no right to cause dmage or place other vessls in danger etc. NONE!

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