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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...

Wild-caught orca, Bingo, dies in Japan

Bingo, a male orca who was captured in 1984 on the west coast of Iceland, has died at the Port of Nagoya Public Aquarium in Japan, where he had been held since 2011. In April 2014, the aquarium reported that Bingo was in poor health, suffering from inflammation of the lungs.

Bingo was the only male orca held at the facility which now holds three orcas: Stella, who was also caught in Iceland and is believed to be approximately 27 years old and her two female offspring Ran II and Rin, born in 2006 and 2012. Bingo was the father of both of Stella’s calves.

47 orcas, including Bingo, who were captured in Iceland between 1976 and 1989 have died in captivity, only seven are still alive.