So why do people hunt whales? Food. From all accounts it's not that great. But there is no accounting for taste. One rumour I heard about the Makah hunt was that the whale was left to rot and hardly any of it was used for food. Excitement. The Japanese are using motorized equipment, it's plain hard work without the nantucket sleigh rides. There is some merit to the discussion that the first nations whale hunt is an important cultural tradition.; Hunting whales with a human powered dugout is dangerous and requires team work. The activity is a team building activity. Seems to me if we're going to limit the danger by using a 50 cal gun instead of the traditional tools that the same effect could be obtained from a computer game similar to the jet trainers used to train pilots. No need to kill whales for the sport. Train oil. The oil is very valuable. It's much finer than anything made from petroleum. Further it used to be used for lamps and cooking. Perhaps we will need to go back to culling whales for oil when the petroleum runs out. Somewhere I read that whales eat plankton (sorry I don't recall the reference). Plankton eat critters that remove CO2 from the atmosphere (all that sea foam is from those dead critters). The plankton has increased reducing the number of critters (I know, critters: very precise and factual) removing the CO2. So killing whales contributes to global warming. Maybe we should stop harvesting whales altogether. If we need the food or the oil maybe it's time to start whale farms (aquaculture: go large or go home). Closed containment of course. Else the sea lice will affect wild whale migrations....Just to mix a few metaphors. Whale on the beach should be the rallying cry.