When the drone footage came back, news reporters couldn’t believe what they were seeing. Rows of glass cases floating on the ocean’s surface, each one containing a sinister surprise. Live creatures filled these prisons, unable to do anything but wait their uncertain fate.

Image: Jens Mohr

If early records are accurate, mankind has been hunting whales since as early as 6,000 B.C. Thanks to petroglyphs found along the Taehwa River, historians believe the practice actually began in Neolithic Korea. And since this time, the practice has continued throughout the ages.

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