SDHF Newsletter No.318 Counting the Blessing of Whales No.6
Counting the Blessing of Whales:
Insights from a Chopsticks-Wielding Patriot
Series No.6: Chapter 5: Potential Power of Whales, Postscript, etc.
The current book, up to Chapter 5, showed how whales are deeply connected with Japanese society and culture throughout Japanese history.
This last Chapter reveals the hidden strength of whales.
*The reason why whale meat is very tasty is that it contains more protein than either beef or pork. Chewing causes protease, an enzyme found in the saliva, to break down protein into amino acids. The amino acids impart umami, which makes protein-rich food tasty.
* Amino acids provide a source of vitality for all forms of life and eating whale meat not only satisfies the palate but also generates energy.
* Balenine is contained in abundance especially in whale meat. When whales migrate from their breeding waters to feeding grounds, they hardly feed themselves. They manage to breast-feed their children while fasting and travel about 5,000 to 6,000 km without resting to return to their feeding grounds. For a long time, what gave whales such stamina was a puzzled whale researchers. A special amino acid called balenine was found to be the answer. Accordingly, balenine was used in various tests of strength. As a result, those who took it showed less fatigue and showed more muscles momentum. Whales have balenine in massive quantities.
*Whale meat does not cause allergies, while other meats, such as beef, pork and chicken, cause allergy.
Finally, it should be recognized that from the view of marine ecosystem balance, anti-whaling dogma is causes marine ecosystem deterioration.
The amount of marine biological resources consumed by cetaceans in all oceans is estimated to be about 500 million tons annually, which is more than five times the present global ocean fishing production, approximately 90 million tons. This means that if the number of whales increased by 10% because of whaling restrictions, whales will eat 50 million tons more marine biological resources. This represents about half of the global fishing production! A balance of the marine ecosystem should be the solution. Zero whaling destroys the marine ecosystem balance.
MOTEKI Hiromichi, Acting Chairman
for KASE Hideaki, Chairman
Society for the Dissemination of Historical Fact