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Peter Flood mom and calf

Emergency Petition Seeks to Shield Right Whale Moms, Calves From Vessel Strikes

For Immediate Release, November 1, 2022 WASHINGTON-Conservation groups filed an emergency rulemaking petition with the...
The Yushin Maru catcher ship of the Japanese whaling fleet injures a whale with its first harpoon attempt, and takes a further three harpoon shots before finally killing the badly injured fleeing whale. Finally they drowned the mammal beneath the harpooon deck of the ship to kill it.  Southern Ocean.  07.01.2006

Moves to overturn whaling ban rejected

Last week, the 68th meeting of the International Whaling Commission (IWC, the body that regulates...

Nearly 500 whales die in New Zealand

The number of pilot whales that have died following a mass stranding in New Zealand...

200 pilot whales killed in latest Faroese slaughter

More than 200 pilot whales have been slaughtered in Sandagerði (Torshavn) in the Faroe Islands....

Iceland offers whale watch trips to refugees

Image: Special Tours Wildlife Adventures

Syrian refugees coming into Iceland will be taken on whale watching trips as part of an integration programme adopted by the Icelandic Red Cross.

The trips will enable Red Cross workers to build connections and trust with those entering Iceland many of whom will arrive having suffered both physical and mental stress.

Interestingly, Iceland is infamous for its whale hunts –184 whales having been killed this season. Yet, refreshingly, these whale watching trips are being offered as part of a range of ‘quintessential Icelandic activities’, thus showing that there is a lot more to Iceland than just cruel whale hunting.