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Last year brought what seemed like a disturbing omen to communities surrounding Europe's North Sea: A whole lot of beached sperm whales. As Gizmodo reported at the time, the whales entered the sea's shallow waters, where their internal sonar-like systems stopped working, causing them to become stranded and die. But scientists didn't know why the whales entered these dangerous shallow waters in the first place.

For the past 12 years, the anti-whaling organisation Sea Shepherd has doggedly tracked and harassed Japanese whalers who it claims are working illegally in the Southern Ocean. Now, the group made famous by the documentary-style TV series Whale Wars says it's halting its sea-based patrols, claiming it cannot compete with the whalers and their "military grade technology".