In this exclusive photo - the first of this season's whale hunt - a minke mother is winched aboard the Japanese chaser vessel in the Southern Ocean.
Scientists say the calf was less than one year old.
The horrific image is sure to further outrage the 93,000 Australians who have signed The Daily Telegraph/Today show online petition to stop whaling, which we will personally deliver to Japan in the coming weeks.
Exhausted and disoriented after a ruthless pursuit from high speed chaser ships, the whales caught on film this week were then shot with pointed harpoons, packed with explosives, to cause maximum damage.
Evidence of the horrific injuries inflicted by explosive harpoons can be seen on the side of the baby whale.