Recently Japan has been strongly criticised for whaling (harpooning the whales) in the southern oceans. The actions from Greenpeace got huge success even naming a whale Mr. Splashy Pants.
Anti-whaling nations like New Zealand and Australia together with S. Africa, Canada, Norway, Iceland and other Latin American countries are now offering new ‘environmental tourism’ – “whale watching”. While there were only 100 whale-watchers in 1991 in Iceland, in 2002 the number exceeded 62,000. The tourism is now a commercial sector of about $1bn a year worldwide and growing.
It’s more humane watching whales playing in open oceans rather than ruining these spectacular creations towards extinction.