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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...
Humpback whales in Alaska

Pumps and conveyor belts. How could more whales help save us?

We are excited to announce backing for two ground-breaking research projects to assess the little...

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...

Rare ambergris could fetch £7000 at auction

A rare lump of ambergris found on a UK beach is set to fetch £7,000 at auction. Ambergris is a waxy rock-like substance produced by sperm whales that is sought after by the cosmetics industry because it helps to prolongue scent of perfume.

The initially foul-smelling substance is produced in the intestines of the whales to protect them from the sharp beaks of squid which they eat. It is then either passed as faecal matter or (more rarely, despite the current media headlines) vomited out into the sea where the salt and sun turn it into a hard rock over a long period of time. This particular lump of ambergris was found by an unnamed dog walker on a beach on the island of Anglesey, North Wales.

Sperm whale underwater