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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...

Oil pipeline plans halted over fears for beluga whales

Oil company, TransCanada has brought a halt to construction of a terminal on a major pipeline along the St. Lawrence River in Canada following growing fears for a nearby population of endangered beluga whales.

The belugas in the area were labelled as “threatened” after a formal study ten years ago found the population numbered 10,000. Today, a report by the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada puts their number at lower than just 1,000, and so the whales are now considered to be at risk of extinction. The report also said pollution, noise disturbance and industrial development as reasons for the whales’ critical fall in population size.