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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...

US sushi restaurant owner pleads guilty to serving sei whale meat after undercover ’sting’

This week, the owner and parent company of The Hump, a now-closed sushi restaurant in Santa Monica, California, pleaded guilty to charges of unlawfully selling sei whale meat imported from Japan. 



This followed guilty pleas earlier this year from two chefs at the restaurant as well as their supplier. The case came to light when an associate producer of The Cove – the award-winning film documenting drive hunts in Japan –  organised a video ‘sting’ during which undercover investigators were able to order the sei whale meat as part of an omakase meal on three occasions between 2009-2010.  Owner Brian Vidor, and parent company, Typhoon Restaurant Co., will be sentenced early next year.