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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...

Icelandic whale hunt season starts – nearly one million people sign anti whaling petition

In a statement to press, Gunnlaugur Gunnlaugsson, the manager of the Hvalfjordur whaling station in Iceland has revealed that the country’s 2015 whale hunt season is now underway.  

Two whaling vessels, Hvalur 8 and Hvalur 9, left port in Iceland on Sunday in pursuit of up to 154 endangered fin whales, and at least two have been killed already. Despite an international ban on commercial whaling, Iceland sets its own quotas regarding the number of whales it may kill.  News regarding the departure of the whaling vessels comes as Iceland’s whalers try desperately to ship last year’s whale meat to Japan via Russia.  WDC is trying to stop this shipment and hit the hunters in the pocket by working with global protest organisation, AVAAZ. In just a few days, nearly 800,000 people have already signed a petition to prevent this boat from leaving port.