The world's only commercial whaling season opened in Norway on Monday, with about 30 boats pursuing their highest quota since the country resumed the hunt in 1993.
Hunters are allowed by the government to harpoon 797 minke whales by Aug. 31. Last year, the quota was 670.
Norway is not bound by a worldwide ban imposed by the International Whaling Commission because the group's rules allow members to reject decisions they oppose. The ban was imposed to protect endangered species from extinction.