"They're violent environmental terrorists," mission leader Hajime Ishikawa told the ceremony. "Their violence is unforgivable ... we must fight against their hypocrisy and lies."
-- mission leader Hajime Ishikawa
The largest whaling expedition in decades set forth from Japan on Sunday, aiming to net 50 humpbacks, 935 minke whales and up to 50 fin whales. The opening quote was said by the leader of the expedition, speaking about the anti-whaling protesters who are opposing the fleet. The expedition is termed a "scientific" whale hunt by the Japanese Fisheries Agency.