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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...

Fisherman accused of shooting at whales in US

A tuna fisherman In the US has been charged with shooting at pilot whales from his boat with a World War II Mosin-Nagant rifle.

The accused, from Cape May, New Jersey has now been released on bail.

A whale shot with a bullet from the same type of rifle stranded on the shore and dies 100 miles northeast of Cape May in September 2011.

This is a worrying trend and WDC has become increasing concerned about incidents like these. A commercial boat captain from Louisiana in the US was recently sentenced under the US Marine Mammal Protection Act (MMPA ) after being found guilty of shooting a dolphin in the Mississippi Sound in 2012. Between 2002 and 2012, a total of 12 cases of dead dolphins with evidence of gunshot wounds were documented by US authorities.