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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...
Humpback whales in Alaska

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

We are excited to announce backing for two ground-breaking research projects to assess the little...

Vancouver Aquarium’s confusing messages on captivity continue

Despite a $100 million expansion programme that will add new additional swimming space, Vancouver Aquarium’s president, John Nightingale has failed to clarify whether or not the new space will be used to house more beluga whales.  Speaking to news reporters Nightingale said that new facilities are “several years” away from completion and that there were no “firm plans” other than whales and dolphins continuing to be used to “play a vital role in engaging the public.”

His comments are in stark contrast to those made by Nightingale just a few weeks ago (February) when he told Canadian radio that the aquarium will “likely” acquire more large marine mammals. In August 2012, aquarium vice-president Clint Wright told the media that another beluga would be brought in for a new breeding programme.

The Vancouver Aquarium stopped keeping orcas in 2001. It still holds two Pacific white-sided dolphins, two beluga whales, and several porpoises.