05/14/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Weather, Vegan Pirates Hinder Japan's Whale Hunt

Though the target for minke whales was 850, only 679 were caught due to disruptions caused by protestors. Whalers had hoped to catch 50 fin whales, but they managed to kill only one.

A combination of bad weather and disruptions due to direct action on the part of Sea Shepherd caused the whaling fleet to lose 16 days of potential hunt time.