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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...

Mixed messages from Virgin on whale and dolphin captivity

US airline Virgin America, which was founded by Richard Branson, has announced that it is to drop a scheme that allows its customers to earn points toward travel when they spend money at SeaWorld parks. Virgin America, still part owned by Branson, is the latest in a line of big company names to cut certain ties with SeaWorld following global public backlash against keeping whales and dolphins in captivity. Recently, both Southwest Airlines and student travel firm, STA both announced changes in the their relationship with SeaWorld.

Interestingly, the move by Virgin America comes after WDC’s recent campaign asking Virgin Holidays to stop selling trips to parks like SeaWorld was followed by a consultation period by Virgin of several months during which the holiday company reflected on its involvement with captivity theme parks that confine whales and dolphins in small tanks for so-called ‘entertainment’. Sadly, the statement from Richard Branson issued after that consultation was disappointing. In it Virgin Holidays said that it was to continue to work with aquariums, such as SeaWorld. Oddly, it seems Virgin America doesn’t want to!