"The need to whale is maybe the only part of Japan's weird, demented culture that I come close to understanding."Alex Billings
"Has anyone been monitoring the whales' songs? Has there been any change in them since this story broke?"Laura Feinstein
"It would serve those whales right for guzzling up half our krill."Ed Cambers
Led by strong opposition from Japan, the body that governs commercial whaling came close to overturning the 20-year-old ban on the practice. What do you think?