They want to kill some whales... why not?! I mean, I like these animals and that's a good thing to protect them but we are not dealing with economic hunting (at least not as Japan does). The whales are not endangered in this part of the world - less than the other fishes that are killed because of the whales'protection (the whales'hunters had to find an other activity!). That's a good thing to kill some of them to check what they eat. Thus, the scientists will be able to know if they are a danger for the environement, or if they are in danger because they eat bad (polluted) food. However, as I already said, I would be against a massive hunting.