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Raw Video: Argh! Fisherman Killed as Angry Sperm Whale Attacks Boat

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UWAJIMA BAY, Japan -- An angry whale knocked a Japanese fisherman out of his small boat on Tuesday, and the whole thing was caught on tape.

The man had been trying to rescue the whale, which had strayed out of open waters.

The body of the fisherman was later discovered by divers. He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

The whale started to thrash and threw two other fishermen from another boat into the water, as well.

The fishermen and officials were trying to coax the 50-foot-long whale out of Uwajima Bay and back into the open sea when the whale went wild.

It was not immediately clear why the whale had strayed into the bay.

Raw Video: Whale Attacks Japanese Fishing Boat

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Brilliant whales finally starting to realise what those naughty japanese have been doing to them all these years
   comment# 1   - Adampape · Bangkok Thailand · Mar 14, 2007 @ 12:12am

HEAR HEAR! However, this man was trying to help the whale, supposedly. Japanese do eat whale so it's not like they are killing whales in vain. It is my opinion that there needs to be a moratorium of all fishing of any kind, of any mammal or fish in our oceans, for a period of at least 5 years. Let the ocean re-generate itself - for if the animals of the sea perish, so shall we perish.
   comment# 2   - Kimberli · Woodland, USA · Mar 14, 2007 @ 12:54pm

What good would a moratorium do on all types of fishing if there is already a one on whaling, yet the Japanese ignore this and justify their killing as "scientific research." Some country just needs to stand up to Japan and force them to stop whaling via sanctions, or hell, even piracy for all I care. They are one tiny speck of an island out in the vast pacific, do you really think they need to kill 1,800 whales a season, or whatever their "quota for research" is.
   comment# 3   - Eric · Santa Barbara, USA · Mar 15, 2007 @ 10:56pm

yea well this people were trying to be friendly, but you also cant forget they do kill whale there so. he as probly trying to defend himself
   comment# 4   - Savanna MIles · Dubois, Wyoming · Sep 11, 2008 @ 12:04pm

I agree more enforcement is needed for killing whales, but align your priorities. Why didn't you make such a strong comment when Rwanda killed 400,000 people. That's 400,000 human beings. Certainly that is worse than 400 whales. And these fishermen were trying to save this whale.
   comment# 5   - Capt Dennis · Key West, FL USA · May 26, 2009 @ 12:55pm

Whales are evil, stay away from them.
   comment# 6   - Louise White · Rome · Jun 30, 2009 @ 3:22pm

look at the footage carefully. The boat has an outboard engine and is going over the back of the whale, wouldn't you react violently if someone tried to pass a blender over your back.
   comment# 7   - Izzy · Commonwealth of Dominica · Nov 25, 2010 @ 4:18pm

When single elements(species) of the complex network of ecosystems, made up individual species like cetaceans, sharks,and shellfish, which are all interconnected and necassary to ALL life on earth, are thinned to the point where they cant recover, alot more than 400,000 people will perish. thats the big problem, most people cant see the bigger picture. UNHEALTHY OCEAN=DEMISE OF HUMAN RACE. ocean conservation is self preservation, hutu's and tutsi's included. In no way downplaying the horrible inhumanity that took place in Rwanda, Capt. Dennis. It is really hard to wrap my head around things that man does to man.
   comment# 8   - Travis · Susanville USA · Nov 16, 2012 @ 9:54pm
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