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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...

More fascinating orca facts emerge

Researchers have discovered that, just like humans, female orcas experience the menopause in what is thought to be a rare and clever piece of evolution that increases the chances of survival for their young.

Orca mums take on a leading role in large family groups and pass on knowledge to their young such as when and where to get food and, by living long after they have stopped reproducing, female orcas can then spend the rest of their life looking after their offspring.

Orcas are unusual in that their young continue to live with their mothers for the duration of their mothers’ life, with males returning to their mothers’ sides even after mating with females in other family groups.

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