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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...

Brutal hunt in Japan traps 250 dolphins in cove

Fishermen have herded over 250 bottlenose dolphins into a small cove in Taiji, Japan today, where they will be held until the brutal process of selection for the aquarium industry begins shortly.

One of the pod that may also have been captured could be an extremely rare young albino bottlenose dolphin that is known to inhabit the seas around Taiji. This albino dolphin represents considerable monetary value to the fishermen because of its rarity.

The cruel hunts that take place in Taiji’s waters every year were made infamous in 2009 by the Academy Award-winning film, The Cove.

Those dolphins not taken to perform in dolphin shows will either be killed using a spike pushed through the back of their heads, or driven back to the open ocean to join a community stripped of many young dolphins and without many of the elders to guide them.