After reading all of this I felt that I had to put in my two cents worth. I can't in all honesty understand the "Antarctica Sancutuary". I don't think that the whales can tell the difference between "sabctuarised" waters and those not so blessed.......all of the oceans should be whaling free. If the humans can't seem to understand the simple concept of "Don't touch!" how can we expect the whales to understand that there are some waters which are not safe for swimming.....perhaps whales need to be trained to "swim between the flags"??? Yes, I guess it kind of incenses me to see such harmless creatures, majestic creatures being treated like peasants, and all for the laughable ecuse of "research!" It's kind of like people who keep birds in cages...they have wings for a reason.
I feel better now.