After decades of research, Japanese scientists are no closer to discovering why whales suddenly die when tracked down, surrounded and then shot with an explosive-tipped harpoon.
“It’s a phenomenon that’s baffled us to date,” said Hayato Takahashi, one of Japan’s chief whale scientists. “Every time we shoot a whale with a harpoon, it dies. That’s why our ongoing scientific research program is so important – to crack this mystery once and for all”.
Mr Takahashi said that while progress was being made, realistically it would be a long time before the phenomenon was truly understood.