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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...

Whales could help solve synthetic human blood mystery

A study recently published in the Journal of Biological Chemistry, details how whales could provide the answer to the chronic lack of spare human blood stored in banks across the world.

According to the World Health Organization (WHO), over 100 million blood donations are made each year but that is still not enough. One solution would be to create synthetic blood, but this option has remained a distant one. However, thanks to new research on deep-diving whales, scientists think they may be a step nearer to making lab-made haemoglobin – the protein molecule in red blood cells that carries oxygen to other parts of the body.

I seems that the deep diving abilities of whales, and the fact that they are capable of storing far more oxygen than humans, could eventually point the way to the creation of synthetic blood for human use.

Whales hold secret to creation of synthetic human blood