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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...

Japanese whale hunts in Southern Ocean sanctuary raise concerns in New Zealand

Local whale watching businesses in New Zealand fear that Japanese whale hunting in the Southern Ocean could have a dramatic effect on their business.  Despite the Southern Ocean being declared as a sanctuary by the body that governs international whaling (International Whaling Commission), Japanese whalers are currently hunting in the region in the name of research.  There are concerns that whales which are often seen off Kaikoura, and are now migrating to the Southern Ocean for food, could soon be killed.

Local politician, Nanaia Mahuta said: “We’ve got to question what’s being done under the guise of scientific research.”