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Majestic fin whales

Icelandic whalers kill first fin whales in four years

As feared, whale hunters in Iceland have slaughtered 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...

Earthquake monitors could protect fin whales

Researchers at the University of Washington are to use sensors placed on the seabed to monitor and protect endangered fin whales from being killed or injured in collisions with boats.

The sensors, which are designed to detect earthquakes, are able to also track the low-pitch frequency call of fin whales. By locating the birthing places of fin whales and their patterns of movement, researchers hope that ships could avoid certain regions at certain times to prevent future fatal injury to these huge creatures.