Antarctic Cruise Mishaps Spur “Whale Wars” Victory

Explorer Antarctica You may have seen the show on Animal Planet called Whale Wars where a team of environmentalists chase down and interrupt Japanese whaling ships in the Antarctic who claim their collecting whales for “Research.” Well those in favor of protecting those whales received and unexpected victory recently thanks to new regulations placed on all ships after multiple Antarctic cruise ship mishaps.

The new regulations are being put in place by the United Nations International Maritime Organization, and include new requirements for ships sailing below 60 degrees south – the Antarctic region. Any ships operating in that region will face stricter requirements such as having double, reinforced hulls and banning heavy fuel.

While the regulations were meant to increase the safety and environmental impact of cruise lines operating in that area, many of the ships crucial to Japanese whaling will no longer be allowed to operate there.

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