Japanese whalers have resumed their hunt in Antarctic waters, killing at least five whales when protest ships pulled back to refuel, the Australian News Network reports. Witnesses reported seeing the whales harpooned in the Southern Ocean after ships from Greenpeace and another protest group withdrew. In Tokyo, the Australian foreign minister protested the resumed hunt.
Australia is "extremely disappointed" about the expedition, which defies the "wishes of the Australian people," said a spokesman. Anti-whaling groups "want you to think that whales are endangered, but nothing could be further from the truth," the whalers argue. The hunt has been classified as a scientific expedition by Japan, which has a yearly quota to cull 1,000 whales.