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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...

Hamas report capture of dolphin 'spy'

It has been reported that the Palestinian Islamist organization, Hamas claims to have captured an Israeli trained dolphin ‘spy’ off the coast of the Gaza Strip.

Hamas commandos apparently came across the dolphin whilst on patrol and believed the creature was carrying out a secret mission on behalf of the Israeli intelligence agency, Mossad.   

Gaza Strip

Israeli defence forces, along with other countries, have use dolphins for military purposes in the past, mainly since the cold war. Their extraordinary underwater capabilities and use of echolocation have been utilised by US forces to detect mines and even enemy divers. 
Sadly, these ‘military dolphins’ are confined in captivity, which can cause them extreme mental, and physical stress. In captivity, this suffering causes aggression, lower life expectancy and higher infant mortality than in the wild.

Recently, Ukraine’s military leaders requested that Russia return ‘its’ dolphins, which fell into Russian hands when Crimea was annexed back in March. http://uk.whales.org/news/2014/07/ukraine-asks-russia-to-return-military-dolphins