Twenty-five years ago, deep in the Pacific above the Mariana trench, a group of whales broke out the bubbly, linked fins and began a victory song.
What they were celebrating, of course, was the international moratorium on commercial whaling.
The poor fools thought this would stop the harpooning, until they discovered that some countries had not signed up to it, while others would get around it by conducting "scientific" slaughter.
The Japanese, for example, still kill hundreds of minkes every year, presumably to check that yes, they are still covered with blubber and yes, it's still vaguely edible.
Will the seas ever be safe for our krill-eating friends? Roz Kidman-Cox reports in The War of the Whales (9pm, Radio 4).
- Guardian pick of the day for 20071119