This evening I received the press release from Sea Shepherd announcing that the Japanese whale research [poaching] vessels had left Japan today. Out of curiosity I looked up the AIS details of the whale factory ship Nisshin Maru to see its last reported position. Unfortunately AIS range is bound by VHF, so the stations will only really report it leaving port.
While looking at the AIS page, I saw the familiar ICRWHALE.ORG sticker on the stern of the ship. This is the website address of the Japanese Institute of Cetacean Research. Again, out of idle curiosity I looked up the IP address of ICRWHALE.ORG after reading the English version of the website.
While poking around, I visited the IP address in a browser, and to my surprise and amusement, found a whale recipe website… In poorly computer translated Japanese, there are phrases such as
Whale cuisine using whale meat and whale bacon, are a comprehensive introduction to whale.
Tasting and sales information of whale of December
From here If you find a whale restaurant in your city
Look for a shop that can buy whale meat
After finding the real web address associated with the Whale recipe website (e-kujira.or.jp), I did a whois lookup:
Domain Information: [B%I%a%$%s>pJs]
a. [B%I%a%$%sL>] E-KUJIRA.OR.JP
e. [B$=$7$-$a$$] B$6$$$@$s$[$&$8$s$K$[$s$2$$$k$$$1$s$-$e$&$8$g
f. [BAH?%L>] B:bCDK!?MF|K\7_N`8&5f=j
g. [Organization] THE INSTITUTE OF CETACEAN RESEARCH
We all know the whale research cover is a lie, but really? The Whale recipe website is directly connected to the Institute of Cetacean Research?