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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...

Thousands of dolphins dying in Solomon Islands hunts

New research published by the Royal Society has revealed that since 1976, over 15000 dolphins have been killed in dolphin drive hunts carried out in the Solomon Islands. Hunting was stopped for a few years but resumed in 2013 when over 1600 dolphin died.

The main species targeted are bottlenose, spotted and spinner dolphins. In the past, some dolphins were caught and then exported to marine parks such as Atlantis the Palm in Dubai. The research also shows that the local price for a dolphin tooth had risen 5 times since 2004, providing a further incentive for the hunts.

There are concerns that local populations of dolphins may be threatened by the hunting, most of which takes place around the island of Malaita.