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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...

Sea World visitor numbers plunge

The number of people visiting Sea World’s marine park captivity shows between January and March has fallen from 3.5 million in 2013 to 3.05 million this year, a slide of 13 per cent.

Sea World, which has parks in Florida, Texas and California, has also seen an annual fall in visitors of over 4 percent. The company’s captive orca shows have been subject to negative publicity from around the world and heavily criticised following the release of the acclaimed documentary Blackfish, which highlighted the cruelty related to keeping orcas in captivity and the dangers to the trainers who interact with them.

Released in January 2013, Blackfish focused on the death of Dawn Brancheau, a SeaWorld trainer killed in 2012 by Tilikum, one of the orcas kept at Sea World’s Florida park, who has also been involved in the deaths of two other people during his time in captivity.