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By Matt SmithMarch 24, 2016 | from Vice News
Japan's internationally condemned Antarctic whale hunt wrapped up this week with a haul of 333 of the creatures, including more than 200 pregnant females, government officials reported.
The last of Japan's four whaling ships returned to port Thursday after a three-month expedition, the Japanese Fisheries Agency reported. Their reported catch represents "a significant increase" over the last hunt, which brought in 252 whales in 2014, according to the International Fund for Animal Welfare (IFAW).
The Fisheries Agency said this year's haul was 103 male minke whales and 230 females, 90 percent of which were pregnant, the agency said. The number of pregnant females suggests "that the breeding situation of minke whales in the Antarctic is healthy," the agency said in a statement on the hunt.