The minke whale surfaced for a breath of air when a harpoon hit her body. She thrashed around, but she couldn't get away. She died slowly, and probably painfully, as her blood stained the ocean red.
The harpoon ship that struck her reeled her body in. Once she was onboard, the fishermen cut her up so they could sell her meat.
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This is exactly what Norway plans to start doing this April, when the country commences its annual whale hunt in the Arctic. This year, the goal is to kill 999 minke whales, which is higher than last year's quota of 880.