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Majestic fin whales

Icelandic whalers kill first fin whales in four years

As feared, whale hunters in Iceland have killed at least two fin whales, the first...
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Majority of Icelandic people think whaling harms their country’s reputation

A survey of Icelandic people has confirmed that the majority believe whaling damages Iceland's reputation. ...
A magnificent sei whale © Christopher Swann

Japan Begins Commercial Whaling Season

Sei whale © Christopher Swann Japanese whalers have left port to begin this year's annual...

Pumps and conveyor belts. How could more whales help save us?

University of Alaska Fairbanks Master's student, Dana Bloch, retrieves a CTD that is used to...

Whale Watching Boom in Iceland

As part of its anti- whaling campaigning, WDC has long been promoting responsible whale watching as a viable economic alternative to killing these amazing creatures. So we were delighted by recent reports from the Icelandic Travel Industry Association (SAF) that the number of people going whale watching in Iceland in 2012 was up 45,000 on 2011, to 175,000. 

WDC has actively been targeting those visiting Iceland with messages about the whaling industry, the need for tourists not to eat whale meat in local restaurants and to support the growing whale watching industry in the country to encourage the end of whaling altogether in Iceland. We are heartened by these new figures which indicate that 35 per cent of all tourists in Iceland choose to go whale watching.